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A day after Labor members voted to join a Likud-led government, Kadima leader Tzipi Livni maintained Wednesday that her party would not follow suit and said she didn't expect any senior member of her party to leave to join the coalition.
"I believe in the Kadima leadership, even though there is a tendency to describe the party as a [random] assortment of people," she told Army Radio.
Livni said she had "no regrets" in sitting in the opposition and had decided to give up on the "so called achievements of ministries" to be true to her voters and preserve the path she believes in.
Referring to Labor's decision to join the government, she said, "Some people enter politics to sit on a chair and inflate their egos, and if they don't succeed, they feel lost. I have nothing to do with internal Labor processes, but the public will judge its representatives."
"What we saw yesterday was a lack of public faith in politics," she said. "They talk about the good of the country, but the good of the country, among other things, is restoring the public's faith in politics, and particularly amid an economic crisis, the public needs trust in the government. Politics is not about saying one thing and doing another."
Livni insisted that the country's future could also be influenced from outside the government. "The role of the opposition is, first and foremost, to continue to be creative and lead from there," she said.
"I believe that a good and influential opposition will cause every Israeli citizen to understand that he/she always has a fitting leadership alternative."
"I believe that the next opposition must advance matters vital to the country, like reforming the system of government and social issues that have been ignored over the last few years, as well as monitoring and criticizing the government's actions," Livni continued. "But we also need to support the government when responsibility requires that we do so."