Avi Dichter 311 AJ.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
MK Avi Dichter (Kadima) slammed opposition leader and party head Tzipi Livni for
a lack of transparency and wasting party funds, signaling further tension in the
Knesset’s largest faction, in an interview with Ma’ariv published on
“Why does Livni get a million shekels every year so she can have
an office [in an expensive Ramat Gan office building]?” Dichter asked. “She has
two other offices – in the Knesset and the party’s building. Why should
another office take up 4 percent of the party’s funds?”
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Dichter explained that
Kadima receives NIS 23 million from the state each year, a third of which is
meant to pay off debts. Another third is for salaries. The party has a deficit
of NIS 40m., Dichter said.
“We’ve suffered from a lack of transparency
for years, which is why we have a major deficit,” Dichter said. “There are all
sorts of ideologies in the party that only harm us. [MKs] Tzachi Hanegbi, Haim
Ramon and Yoel Hasson say that budgets should be managed in secret, but I say
the faction should decide how the budget is run.”
Dichter told Ma’ariv
that Kadima director-general Moshe Shehori made decisions on salaries and
expenses without consulting fellow MKs.
“No director-general wants people
to intervene, but we’ll cut his rope short. Nothing will help him now,” Dichter
On Monday, Dichter led a group of MKs challenging Livni on
transparency in a Kadima faction meeting following a Channel 10 investigative
report, which showed that the party was paying its workers high salaries and not
reporting to the Knesset how taxpayer money was being spent.
petition was signed by MKs Shaul Mofaz, Meir Sheetrit, Marina Solodkin, Yisrael
Hasson, Yulia Shamolov-Berkovich, Shai Hermesh, Majallie Whbee, Gideon Ezra,
Ya’acov Edri, Otniel Schneller, Orit Zuaretz, Arieh Bibi, Ronit Tirosh and Eli
Aflalo – more than half of the faction’s lawmakers.
At the meeting, Livni
said she agreed with Dichter and supported more transparency.
issues, Dichter said: “Livni only speaks for herself. She has never said
anything that was agreed upon by Kadima. We’ve been in the opposition for two
years, and we never had a discussion about core issues – not about diplomacy,
social issues or money.”