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(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
MK Avi Dichter intends to remain in Tuesday’s Kadima leadership race, despite
his poor showing in polls that he himself sponsored, sources close to him said
Dichter has been under pressure to quit from the two main
candidates in the race, opposition leader Tzipi Livni and Knesset Foreign
Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Shaul Mofaz. While there has been
speculation that he will quit on the eve of the primary in order to harm Livni’s
chances of winning, his associates said it would not happen.
running because he believes in his path, which is different from the other two
candidates,” a source close to Dichter said. “While they are pretending that
with their 12 seats in the polls they will be prime minister, only he tells the
truth and says Kadima needs to join Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s
Dichter’s associates said he had especially strong support in
his native Ashkelon, among Israeli Arabs and Beduin, and in the kibbutzim and
moshavim sector. They admitted his support was not enough to win but said this
was not a reason to pull out of the race.
“Underdog is an understatement
but he has thousands of people behind him who want him to run,” a Dichter
A poll sponsored by Dichter found that despite Mofaz’s
advantage among key Kadima activists and vote contractors, Livni would win the
His poll, which was conducted by Dialog, had Livni at 36
percent, Mofaz at 25% and Dichter at 11%. The remainder of respondents were
undecided or refused to participate.
Another poll of Kadima members was
taken this week by Dafna Goldberg- Anaby, who does market research for the
Orange cellphone company. She does not support any particular candidate, but
took the poll to learn how Kadima members saw the race.
polled 415 Kadima members representing a statistical sample of gender, religion,
age and years in the party. She predicted that there would only be a 39% turnout
in the race and that Livni would win.
According to the poll, Livni would
win with 46% of the vote, with Mofaz at 37% and Dichter at 9%.
people who definitely intend to vote, Livni enjoyed a lead of 51- 38-3% over
Mofaz and Dichter.
Another Dialog poll broadcast on Channel 10 Wednesday
night found that when respondents were asked who was most qualified to be prime
minister, Netanyahu won by a landslide. Neither Livni nor Mofaz posed any threat
at all, and the results of the two candidates were similar.