Shaul Mofaz campaign slogan 390.
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Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Shaul Mofaz announced his
slogan for the March 27 Kadima leadership race in a press conference on Monday
at his campaign headquarters in Yehud.
In an effort to emphasize his
leadership, the slogan will be “Mofaz, period. Prime minister,
“Today the journey to replace the Netanyahu government begins,”
Mofaz said. “It starts with the primary in Kadima. This will be a long
and difficult journey.”
Mofaz’s strategist Lior Chorev noted that when
Labor started its leadership race, it had eight seats, and after MK Shelly
Yacimovich won, her party rose to 22 in the polls.
“After Mofaz wins the
election, our mandates won’t be fewer than what we won against Netanyahu in the
last election,” Chorev said, predicting 28 seats for Kadima when it currently is
at 13 in the polls.
Asked if he would join Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu’s government, Mofaz said: “I am in favor of national-unity
governments. But the Netanyahu government has reached the end of its
path. I don’t intend to join him. I intend to defeat him and replace
Mofaz said he would reach out to Livni and the 12 Kadima MKs who
support her in the race.
“I will give Tzipi Livni a central post in
Kadima and any government I form,” he said. “Livni is worthy to be in the
leadership of the party.”
Nevertheless, he added that “over the past
three years [under Livni’s leadership], Kadima’s behavior was incorrect and full
of errors. We could and should have done better. I will fix the mistakes that
Livni began reaching out to undecided Kadima members on
Monday. She formed an undecided voter campaign team headed by MK Yoel Hasson and
released a YouTube video in which she asked them to volunteer for her
“I intend to win this election with your help,” she said in the
video. “I know that many of you are frustrated and sick of politics. I am not
free of mistakes. But surrendering is not an option for me and I am sure
not for you either.”
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