Shaul Mofaz 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Key Kadima activists who support Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
chairman Shaul Mofaz in the March 27 party leadership race have called MKs who
back incumbent Tzipi Livni and warned them that they will not be in the next
Knesset, the MKs said Sunday.
The MKs, who asked not to be identified,
said they were surprised by how many threats they had received since they
“There are members who have told me they won’t support me
like they did last time,” one Kadima MK said.
“It’s uncomfortable, but
you have to be tough. I am just worried that this rift in the party will destroy
Kadima from inside.”
The MK said he had heard from multiple Livni backers
in the faction that they had received such threats, but he was unaware of a
single MK who supports Mofaz who has been similarly threatened by party
MK Shai Hermesh, who supports Mofaz, responded that although
he had not received threats from party activists, he had been threatened very
clearly by Livni herself.
He noted that while Mofaz has said he will
embrace the entire faction after the primary, Livni has said she would be loyal
only to MKs who were loyal to her.
“She told me that she is done being
statesmanlike and whoever is against her is against her,” Hermesh
“That to me was a clear message that if she wins, she is sending me
back to work in my barn on Kibbutz Kfar Aza.”
Asked about the threats
from activists, he said, “There are former Likudniks in our party and that’s the
way they talk. In politics, there always were crazy people and there always will
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