Opposition leader Tzipi Livni 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
A number of Kadima MKs criticized the party and its leader, Tzipi Livni, at an
event in honor of Rosh Hashana on Thursday.
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“We have problems with our
leadership, ” MK Yulia Shamolov Berkovich announced at the party’s Petah Tikva
“Tzipi Livni, you have failed. You must quit! In these
days, before Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, I say: The emperor is
“All we do is talk about Bibi, Bibi, Bibi,” Shamolov Berkovich
said, referring to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. “Maybe we should stop
criticizing and start doing.
“We’re very active,” she added
sarcastically, “we bring air fresheners and cottage cheese to the Knesset. I am
speaking with a heart full of pain – I came to the Knesset to fulfill [former
prime minister and Kadima founder] Ariel Sharon’s dream to turn the State of
Israel into the best place in the world to live. But we have left Sharon’s
The MK said that “Kadima was a centrist party, and suddenly, we
swung left because we listened to political advisers who said we can take seats
from left-wing parties. Suddenly, what a surprise – here comes [Labor leadership
candidate] Shelly Yacimovich!” “What have we come to that Shelly Yacimovich is
the alternative to Kadima? A million supporters have left us,” Shamolov
MK Ronit Tirosh added to the criticism.
to stop with the euphoria, stop saying that we’re great and everything is okay,”
“One month ago, Kadima MKs sat with local authority heads and
said we need to make a plan. I congratulate Tzipi on bringing a plan, but it’s
just a vision,” Tirosh explained. “You can’t use a vision to buy food at the
market. We need to act.”
According to Tirosh, action means “to promote
all of the good, socioeconomic bills by Kadima MKs. I have proposed bills on
early childhood education and childcare. MK Ruhama Avraham-Balila has proposed
bills on food for the hungry, and more.
“We have to give a stage to all
the members of Kadima,” not just Livni, “because we all have what to say,”
MK Meir Sheetrit called for increased transparency and
clearer regulations for decisions within the party.
“We should decide
when we are having a primary to choose the head of the party and make guidelines
for how to compile our candidate list for the Knesset,” Sheetrit said. “We
should do this now, not at the last minute when we’re busy with
Kadima activists at the event also criticized
“How does Livni explain that the housing protests harmed our party
and didn’t help it?” Moti Elfaria, head of Kadima’s Haifa branch asked. “The
only thing Livni did was give some activists money to make signs, and then
leaked the information to Channel 2.”
“Livni is a princess without a
crown,” Elfaria said.
Livni did not directly respond to the criticisms in
her speech, but at the end of the event, when she raised a toast over red wine,
apples and honey, she said: “Next year, I will continue to lead this
“I will not turn this house into a place of personal rivalries,”
Livni stated. “I will not get stuck in the political swamp.
will be a dramatic one for the State of Israel. I will talk about the issues,
and not about people.”