Livni: Kadima will collapse if Mofaz leads party (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Gidi Weitz 02/16/12)
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Kadima will collapse with MK Shaul Mofaz at its head, says Kadima
leader Tzipi Livni in a wide-ranging interview taking stock of her
three years as opposition leader.
If chosen to lead Kadima again, Livni would not appoint Mofaz as her
number 2 this time. Nor would she quit politics if she loses the
leadership, as Mofaz is implying, she says.
"Mofaz, in the knowledge that Kadima under his leadership would
collapse, is trying to get people to vote for him, [telling
them] ´I´ll be elected and she´ll be a senior minister in my
cabinet,´" says Livni.
Livni admits she has made mistakes and which cost her and the party
"I was too statesmanlike. In hindsight, it was a mistake.
This...damaged the perception of my leadership, both internally and
externally. At the start of my term there were attempts to split
Kadima; [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu tried to tempt seven MKs
to join his cabinet. I tried to keep Kadima together. I think that
was a correct decision at the time, but for me it meant that I
contained and swallowed things that ordinarily I wouldn´t accept -
with the result that my leadership was undermined," she says.
The full interview will appear in Haaretz Magazine tomorrow. (©
Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 02/16/12)
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