Livni Mofaz Knesset 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Kadima MKs denied rumors that party leader Tzipi Livni used a mid-term job
shuffling within the party to punish MKs that she sees as less loyal.
source said on Monday that MK Yohanan Plesner was dismissed from his role as
deputy faction chairman because he was perceived as getting closer to Livni’s
rival Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Shaul Mofaz after compiling
a report for the committee on the consequences of the PA’s statehood
The source also said that MK Nachman Shai was likely to replace him.
Shai and Plesner offered a different explanation of events.
“No one has
been fired,” Shai said. “All the jobs in the faction were shuffled because there
are fewer jobs than MKs, and this is the term’s midpoint.”
“I left the
job of deputy faction chairman a month ago so I could become a full member of
the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee,” Plesner said.
“It’s nice that
people want to spread rumors, but the chronology doesn’t make sense,” he added.
“I started working on the report in May, and the job shuffling was in the
beginning of August.”
Shai also said that a deputy for faction chairwoman
Dalia Itzik has not been chosen yet, but he had heard that he is a candidate for