MK Tzipi Livni (Kadima) 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Kadima MKs and activists in kibbutzim are taking sides ahead of the March 27
party primary, while current Kadima leader Tzipi Livni has asserted her
leadership in a televised interview.
MK Shai Hermesh announced on
Saturday that he would support MK Shaul Mofaz to lead the party, although he
supported Livni in the previous primary.
Hermesh, chairman of the Knesset
Agricultural Caucus, will lead Mofaz’s staff for party members in kibbutzim and
Meanwhile, Gavri Bar-Gil, a former secretary- general of the
Kibbutz Movement, threw his support behind Livni.
“Only the reelection of
Tzipi Livni as the head of the party will ensure the creation of an alternative
to this bad government,” he said.
Bar-Gil added that he would recruit
kibbutz and moshav residents to support Livni.
Also on Saturday, Livni
said on Channel 2’s Meet the Press that her party’s members must accept her
leadership, and whoever does not like it does not belong in Kadima.
is a battle for the state’s life,” she said.
“The public wants a
When asked about Mofaz, Livni said she doesn’t
care if he remains in Kadima or not.
He has yet to accept the results of
the previous primary, and wants another round, she quipped.