Tzippi Livni 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Efforts to persuade Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni to initiate a primary for the
party’s leadership are expected to intensify on Monday when her political rivals
raise the issue at Kadima’s faction meeting at the Knesset.
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Shaul Mofaz, Avi Dichter, and Meir Sheetrit, who all ran against Livni in 2008,
wrote faction head Dalia Itzik on Friday, asking her to devote Monday’s meeting
to hearing what the MKs in the faction thought about when the race should be
“Kadima must get ready for the next general election, and that
requires holding a primary as soon as possible on a date the faction will agree
upon,” the three former ministers wrote.
Thirteen Kadima legislators –
nearly half the 28-member faction – have signed a letter calling for the primary
to be held as soon as possible. While Mofaz would be satisfied if the race were
held as late as May, Itzik said she preferred holding it already in
“I support holding the election and deciding who our leader
will be,” she said. “We will indeed hold a proper forum on the matter in the
Livni’s spokesman said she would have no problem if Mofaz,
Dichter or Sheetrit raised the issue on Monday.
“We don’t prevent MKs
from talking about anything,” he said.
But a source close to Dichter
called such talk “hypocritical” and said his boss had been trying unsuccessfully
to raise the issue for six months in faction meetings conducted in what he
called “Soviet style.”
Dichter criticized Livni for saying in a fluffy
weekend interview with Yediot Aharonot
that she couldn’t wait to end her
“This isn’t my profession,” Livni told interviewer Dana
Spector. “Until today, even though I sometimes enjoy [politics], I know it’s
really not me, that there is another life for me, and I am really waiting,
waiting, waiting for an alternative life the day after.”
Israel Radio that Livni’s interview was “insulting” to members of the party,
while another Livni critic in Kadima said the statement was “the opposite of
The party’s deputy faction head, MK Nachman Shai,
defended Livni, saying that even though he didn’t like the statement, she had a
tough job and he understood where she was coming from.