Tzipi Livni at the Bezalel Market in Tel Aviv, March 13, 2015.
(photo credit: LOUIZ GREEN)
In a last-ditch effort to rally her political base – with the March 17 election just around the corner – Tzipi Livni, co-leader of the center-left Zionist Union, took to the streets of Tel Aviv on Friday to make a case for why her party should replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Touring the buzzing Bezalel Market, a popular spot among Tel Avivian shoppers, Livni tried to sway those still undecided why she and her running mate, Isaac Herzog, should form the next government. The prime ministerial hopeful, who is running on a shared slate with Herzog, said she sensed a strong will from the Israeli people for something different and "for something new."
The former justice minister, who was ousted from her position late last year, described the current political climate as wanting change.
"It is not about the polls," she said, in a nod to newly-released polls
predicting a four-seat lead for her faction over Netanyahu's Likud, "but about the hope of the people, who for six years were neglected by the country and today struggle to just breath."
But for hope to morph into reality, "where Herzog and I can take responsibility" and start giving back to the people – "you have to vote Zionist Union in the ballot box."
Without widespread support, or as Livni termed it, a "large political bloc," we cannot win and take the responsibility back to the state.
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