Yair Lapid speaks at a business conference in Eilat 390.
(photo credit: Ezra Levi)
Yair Lapid said Thursday that he will not invite ousted Kadima leader Tzipi
Livni to join his yet-to-be-formed political party.
Responding to his
Facebook followers’ calls for him to add Livni to his party’s list, the former
Channel 2 news anchor said he has not spoken to Livni for many
“As I’ve explained in the past, no senior politician will be in
my party,” he wrote. “In the entire world, when politicians fail, they are
replaced with new people who have new ideas.”
But Lapid later clarified
that he did not intend to call Livni a failure. He wished her well and called
her a fair and proper person.
“I do not dare judge whether she failed or
succeeded, because that is for Kadima voters to decide,” he wrote.
the people who asked Lapid to consider taking Livni was Haim Messing, father of
Livni’s spokesman, Gil Messing.
But sources close to Livni said no one
had turned to him on Livni’s behalf and she never intended to seek a place in
Livni herself broke her silence on Thursday. She declined to
answer questions from reporters outside her Tel Aviv home about her political
future but she did give a short statement.
“You see I am alive and well
and stronger,” she said. “I am getting calls from the world. The most
emotional are from good Israelis who really wanted me to win, who strengthen me
and I hope I strengthen them.”
While most MKs in Kadima have called upon
her to remain in politics and the party, her critics in the faction have started
speaking more openly about their hope that she not return.
like it here [in Kadima],” MK Yulia Shamolov- Berkovich said. “She should reach
conclusions [about not staying in the party].”
New Kadima leader Shaul
Mofaz said that despite his criticism of Livni, he hopes she will stay in the
party, though he added “everyone has a replacement.”
“Her place is in
Kadima,” he said. “She needs to continue serving Israel in Kadima.”