Tzippi Livni 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The Movement for Quality Government in Israel (MQG) sent Kadima leader Tzipi
Livni a letter on Wednesday protesting her decision to give former MK Omri
Sharon a top role in her reelection campaign.
Sharon served seven months
in prison after he was convicted of violating political fundraising laws and
providing false testimony during the 1999 race for Likud leader won by his
father, former prime minister Ariel Sharon.
The letter mentioned Haim
Ramon, Kadima council chairman, who was convicted of sexual harassment, and
Tzahi Hanegbi, Kadima house committee chairman, who was convicted of perjury, as
well as top party officials who have been investigated. The movement called upon
Livni to expel such people from the party.
“We think that the woman known
as Mrs. Clean cannot have so many people around her who have been
convicted in a court of law,” MQG Chairman Eliad Shraga said. “This group of
convicts are her closest allies.”
“This letter should serve as a wake up
call for her,” Shraga said. “She is fine, but her friends are
Livni’s associates responded that no one had the right to scold
Livni, after she turned down a chance to form a government because she refused
to give into Shas’s extortion.
“She has full faith in the legal system
and its decisions,” her campaign said. “These are people who paid the price the
legal system set, served their sentences, and who now want to contribute to the
state as they did for much of their lives.”
Sources close to Livni’s
rival, Kadima MK Shaul Mofaz, said Sharon’s addition to Livni’s campaign was
greeted with antagonism by Kadima activists.
They said activists told
Sharon that they do not like him using his father’s name in vain.
Mofaz was bolstered last week by 12 MKs who endorsed him, he received a boost
this week from key Kadima activists who defected from Livni’s camp. None of the
names are known to the general public but each one has the power to bring
hundreds of Kadima members to the polls.
The list includes Yavne Deputy
Mayor Ehud Weizmann, Northern activist Nehemia Reibi, Jerusalem activist Meir
Malka and Director of Kadima’s Coastal Plain region Shlomo
There are also key Mofaz activists who will support Livni in
this election, including Ronnie Ben-Hamo of Ofakim and Maxim Elgrably of
Netanya. But their defection to the Livni camp was not recent.