Livni: Kadima won’t exist by next election

Livni: Kadima won’t exist by next election

Former party chairman breaks three months of silence with one explosive sentence

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

“During the next elections Kadima won’t exist,” former Kadima MK Tzipi Livni said Tuesday night at Herzliya’s Interdisciplinary Center, Army Radio reported.

Livni, the former foreign minister and MK, made her comment in a session addressing the delegitimization of Israel, during a day devoted to war games. An audience member shouted, “Will Kadima enter the government [in the next election cycle]?” Without skipping a beat, Livni said the party wouldn’t be around after the 2013 elections.

In response to Livni’s comment, opposition leader Shelly Yachimovich (Labor) told Army Radio that her analysis was accurate, adding that Kadima “crashed” because it never provided an ideological alternative to Netanyahu’s government.

Kadima MK Zeev Bielski disagreed, saying that in the 18 months from now until the elections, the public would see how Kadima “will create an alternative to the Tal Law and introduce government reform.”

Livni led the Kadima party until three months ago, when she lost the primary elections to Shaul Mofaz. Following her defeat, Livni resigned from the Knesset and has remained quiet on political issues.

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