Kadima divided over whether it will split

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
July 22, 2012 20:57

 
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MKs in Kadima were so divided on Sunday that they could not even agree on whether the party will stay united or whether a group of the seven MKs necessary to split the party will come together this week.

As he has in the past, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is actively trying to bring about a split in Kadima and has met multiple MKs over the past two days. Such a split could help Netanyahu widen his coalition again, pass the 2013 state budget, and avoid early elections.

Past attempts to split Kadima were unsuccessful because they lacked leadership. But this time, Netanyahu is relying on former minister Tzahi Hanegbi, who is angry at Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz for removing the party from the coalition and who has been trying to persuade seven Kadima MKs to leave together with him to Likud.

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