Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Buh Bye, Tzipi Livni

I note that the former foreign minister under Ehud Olmert and the leader of Israel's Kadima Party, Tzipi Livni, has been resoundingly defeated in the Kadima primary. The new head of Kadima is Shaul Mofaz, a former Defense Minister and Army chief of staff.

Mofaz garnered between 64.5 and 65% of the vote, with Livni getting the rest. it's an extremely fitting result for the career of the egotistical drama queen of Israeli politics.

To give you an idea of how much Livni is disliked personally even by people that agree with many of her views,bear in mind that in the last election Kadima actually won the most seats, although not enough to govern.

As is customary,Israel's president polled the leaders of the other parties to see whether any of them were willing to form a governing coalition with Kadima and endorse Livni for prime minister - and none of them would,not even Labor or Meretz.

Mofaz has reached out to her and asked her to stay in Kadima, which is probably a huge mistake on his part, since she will probably accept once she gets her emotions under control.

And while Mofaz,an ex-Likudnik is a bit more to the right than Livni,I wouldn't count on seeing Kadima enter the Likud governing coalition any time soon.

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