MKs congratulate Mofaz, predict Kadima´s demise (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV 03/28/12)
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Shaul Mofaz´s victory in the Kadima primary brought mixed reactions
from other parties in the Knesset on Wednesday, with some
congratulating him, while taking the opportunity to slam Kadima.
Likud MKs predicted Kadima´s downfall, following Mofaz´s victory.
MK Ofir Akunis (Likud) wished the new Kadima leader a long career as
leader of the opposition, adding that the party is "at the end of its
journey," and the public lost faith in Kadima.
According to MK Danny Danon (Likud), Mofaz´s victory symbolizes
Kadima´s end. He pointed out that Mofaz favors a return to pre-1967
lines, and is "continuing the left-wing path of [outgoing Kadima
leader Tzipi] Livni."
Meretz launched an online campaign titled "it´s the same Kadima" on
Wednesday, in an attempt to bring back left-wing voters. The party
says three to four of Kadima´s Knesset seats come from former Meretz
Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On congratulated Mofaz, but said that his
victory proves that Kadima is a center-right-wing party.
"This should stop Kadima from deluding left-wing voters that they are
an alternative to Netanyahu," she said, calling for voters
who "believe in ending the occupation" to vote Meretz.
Labor leader Shelly Yacimovich called Mofaz worthy of his new job and
commending his contributions to Israel.
However, Yacimovich added that Labor is the only true alternative to
the current government, and that in the past three years Kadima has
not been able to compete against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu´s
government in economic, social or diplomatic matters.
United Torah Judaism MK Moshe Gafni said that Livni lost the primary
because she attacked haredim, and he hopes Mofaz does not make the
MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) attributed Mofaz´s victory to
votes from the Arab towns of Jisr e-Zarka and Dir al-Assad, adding
that the new Kadima leader will be indebted to those voters.
"It is an embarrassment that a party that seeks to lead the country
looks this way," he lamented. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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