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(photo credit: AP, Ariel Jerozolimski)
Look who's talking
"I won't apologize for the fact that we have an appeasing look. It's part of me and I'm good just the way I am. But it does not come on the expense of my opinions and beliefs."
Former top model Orly Levy, ranked [a very realistic] sixth on the Israel Beitenu Knesset list.
"His behavior is worse than a snake's."
Gil Pensioners' Party MK Moshe Sharoni comments on the decision by MK Yitzhak Ziv to retract his plan to split from the party.
"The continued occupation is more of a risk than any nuclear bomb."
Meretz Chairman MK Haim Oron.
"We will not be bought by Mitsubishis."
Israel Beitenu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman rules out joining a national unity government. (Government officials often receive a Mitsubishi car).
"When Netanyahu attacks me, he actually hopes that would make you [the leftist media] like him."
Hawkish Likud member Moshe Feiglin has his own theory about why Netanyahu doesn't like him.
Living in the spotlight
"The family takes a serious blow, there's no private life, you try to escape the frame but it chases after you."
Kadima leader Tzipi Livni on paparazzi bothering her family.
"The race is between Livni and Netanyahu, that's the main thing. Someone irrelevant will try to fit in and say 'me too'."
Kadima's Haim Ramon opines on Ehud Barak's chances in the election.
"Not trendy, Not a Friend and Not Normal."
A Meretz poster proved to be a spoof of the current Barak poster that declares him "Not Trendy, Not Nice, Not a Friend - a Leader."
"The attitude as demonstrated by the Likud chairman is plagued with piggish chauvinism and reminds us of the typical macho who likes to brag about whose is bigger."
Kadima MK Ronit Tirosh on the Likud's anti-Livni slogan, "This is too big for her."
"Peace is not just a piece of paper or a photo-op in the US."
Kadima Chair Tzipi Livni reacts to Olmert's statement in Turkey by which direct talks between Israel and Syria must be promoted as soon as possible.
"Hitler's rise to power was not because of inflation. It was because the loss of faith in Weimar's democracy and governmentâ€¦ I see a Weimar-style crisis of trust developing in Israel. I see the public losing faith in the government, Knesset, court, media, military and police."
Kadima MK Yitzhak Ben-Yisrael slams Israeli political life after his primary defeat.
Drawing parallels II
A vote for Kadima is a bullet in the chest of a Palestinian child in Gazaâ€¦ There are those who count mandates as well as bodies - that's the worst thing."
Ra'am-Ta'al MK Ahmed Tibi at the Central Elections Committee during a debate on whether to ban his party from running in the elections."
"I will win the primaries with exactly 43.7% of the vote."
Shaul Mofaz during the primaries for the Kadima party. Mofaz ended up losing to Tzipi Livni, with 42% of the vote.
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