Avi Dichter 311 AJ.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
Kadima rebels had mixed reactions to the announcement that Avi Dichter had
resigned from the party on Tuesday to become Home Front Defense
MK Yoel Hasson (Kadima), a supporter of former party leader
Tzipi Livni who has been involved in attempts to split Kadima from the Left,
accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of “yet again crossing the line of
political disgustingness and turned into a shady political
“Dichter was clearly a Trojan horse in Kadima in recent
years, constantly harming Livni with only one motive – preparing in advance to
join the Likud at any price,” Hasson said. “I have no doubt that Dichter will
not contribute anything to this bloated government, and this will be his last
MK Otniel Schneller, one of the four MKs Kadima leader
Shaul Mofaz attempted to force out of the party for working on a split from the
Right, called Dichter’s resignation and appointment as minister a “positive
“This is a correct appointment of a worthy man, which will add
significant security credentials to the government at this important time,” he
Meanwhile, Likud MK Danny Danon took the news as a sign of Kadima’s
“Kadima is falling apart, and the end is near for the
‘supermarket’ party,” he said.
Danon compared the party to the Titanic,
calling it “a sinking ship abandoned by its passengers,” and predicting that
Kadima will not pass the election threshold for the next Knesset and will
disappear from the political scene.