Livni 311 AP.
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Opposition leader Tzipi Livni escalated her attacks on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at Wednesday’s Kadima Council meeting at the party’s Petah Tikva headquarters, calling him a “puny politician.”
In a meeting called to mark the anniversary of the February 2009 election, in which Kadima won the most seats but nonetheless fell from power, Livni said the government was being run clumsily.
She accused Netanyahu of being obsessed with splitting Kadima.
“I have no way of explaining why the prime minister, who has a wide
enough coalition, doesn’t stop trying to break up our party,” Livni
said. “He sees the MKs he negotiated with as puny politicians. A man who
sees politicians that way is not a leader but a puny politician.”
Livni praised the Kadima MKs who negotiated with Netanyahu for “not
giving in to enticements,” she said the negative attention they brought
the party made the public lose faith in Kadima.
“There is a
Kadima that is loyal to its principles and voters, which has nothing to
apologize for,” Livni said. “But there has also been another Kadima that
gave a negative feeling to our voters, that stooped and collapsed
internally. This will stop from now on.
“I wont stoop, as I
haven’t yet, to low political games. That’s what the other parties do.
The public is sick of those other parties and we will not emulate them.”
In a message to party rivals Shaul Mofaz and Avi Dichter, who
spoke immediately before her, Livni ruled out advancing the next
leadership race in the party.
“Kadima will only choose its leader
ahead of the next Knesset election, period,” she said.
criticized Livni for not establishing a diplomatic plan for the party
and for negotiating the fate of Jerusalem in the previous government. He
said that most Kadima members opposed dividing Jerusalem and that
keeping the capital united should be the party’s policy.
months of pushing for the advancement of the Kadima primary, Mofaz toned
down his demand and rephrased it as a call for compromises in the
party. He warned that Livni would destroy the party if she refused to
change Kadima’s constitution.
Mofaz vowed to remain in Kadima
and lead the party to victory in the next election.
into a crisis due to a lack of leadership at a difficult
time,” Mofaz said. “The result was MKs who negotiated to leave. This
caused a rift in the party that cannot be swept under the rug.
“The fight about primaries is not done. I support compromising and
bringing more democracy and transparency in Kadima. Compromise is the