Kadima Council to consider membership fee
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
December 1, 2010 18:45
The Kadima Party's governing council will meet Thursday night at the party's
Petah Tikva headquarters to consider a proposal to institute an annual
membership fee. Until now, Kadima membership only required a one-time payment,
so the party's rolls include many people who have left the party ideologically.
The move is expected to increase the re-election chances of party chairman Tzipi
Livni at the expense of her rival, MK Shaul Mofaz. Former Kadima leadership
candidate Meir Sheetrit released a statement endorsing the decision, saying that
he left Likud to form a party that would be cleaner and he did not want to
enable voters who no longer have a connection to Kadima to decide its fate.