Tzipi Livni resigns from Knesset (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Attila Somfalvi Latest Update: 05.01.12, 12:57)
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After 13 years as Knesset member, former Kadima chairwoman tenders
formal resignation to House Speaker Rivlin. ´I´m thankful for my time
in Kadima; not sorry I didnít sell country to haredim,´ she says
Knesset Member and former Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni officially
resigned the Knesset on Tuesday, after 13 years as a member of the
Livni tendered her resignation to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin at
Livni´s loss in the Kadima primaries to Shaul Mofaz, who won 62% of
the votes, immediately sparked speculations regarding her future in
Speaking to reporters prior to meeting with Rivlin, Livni thanked her
supporters: "I want to thank everyone who had faith in meÖ and
especially to the Knesset members who stood by my side."
"I have had the privilege of being among Kadima´s founders, a party
that aims to promote a (government) based on responsibility and hope Ė
one that can resist extortion.
"Today, Kadima is the biggest political party. I wanted to introduce
a different kind of politics in Israel, one that prefers principles
to seats, one that promotes the greater good over personal interests
and one free of cynicism and power-drunkenness," she continued.
"I have followed these principles all my life and I will follow them
wherever I go. Despite the price I´ve had to pay I´m not sorry that I
didn´t give in to political blackmail and that I didnít sell the
country to the haredim in order to form a government.
"The existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic nation is in
great danger. Our leadership is busy with media spins and dirty
politics is a fatal mistake."
She further urged the current government "to spare no effort in
promoting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, even if it´s not
that trendy right now. Israel is on the brink of a volcano and the
leadership is busy with media spins while the threat just grows
"The Israeli public deserves more from their leaders. They should
demand more. Even if the Opposition is a political wasteland, the
Israeli public deserve a viable alternative at any given time.
"I still believe in these principles and I respect Kadima´s voters´
choice to vote for Shaul Mofaz over me... He now has the right to
lead the party as he sees fit," she said.
My values and principles mandate me to leave Kadima. I may be leaving
the Knesset, but not public life. The State of Israel is too dear to
me, and it deserved more than current (government) policies have to
offer," she concluded.
Livni will be replaced by Yuval Zellner, who is next up on Kadima´s
roster for a Knesset seat. Moran Azulay contributed to this report
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