Yair Lapid 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Former television personality and recently-announced political contender Yair
Lapid ruled out joining Kadima late on Thursday night.
“One thing must be
clear: There is no chance I will join Kadima,” Lapid wrote on his Facebook page.
“They are a group of cynical politicians that were thrown out of other parties,
and no one knows what they believe, if anything.”
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“Is that clear enough?”
Since announcing he was leaving Channel 2 to become a politician, Lapid has
refused to be interviewed, communicating with the public through his column in
Yediot Aharonot and his Facebook page.
Earlier, Kadima council chairman
Haim Ramon said repeatedly in radio interviews that Lapid should join
Party leader Tzipi Livni said Lapid is drafting a platform
identical to Kadima’s.
She said that to strengthen the opposition there
must only be one candidate for prime minister in the bloc.
Thursday night, Lapid called Labor Leader Shelly Yacimovich “radical” in matters
of economics and diplomacy, adding he does not ideologically connect to her
views, and therefore would not join her party.
In response, Yacimovich
took to her own Facebook page to point out that no one had asked Lapid to join
“If social-democracy, an economy that is balanced by a free market
and the state’s responsibility for social justice is too radical, then he’s
better off joining Netanyahu the capitalist,” she wrote.
contributed to this report.