Tzipi Livni quits Knesset, vows to remain in public life (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST.COM STAFF, LAHAV HARKOV 05/01/12)
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Former opposition leader Tzipi Livni announced her resignation from
her post in the Knesset Tuesday during a meeting with Knesset Speaker
Reuven Rivlin, where she vowed to remain serving the public.
"I have always said that a seat is not everything. And today I
announce that I am giving up seat in the Knesset," she said at a
press conference prior to handing her official letter of resignation
to Rivlin. "I am leaving [the Knesset] but I am not leaving public
life," she said.
The former opposition leader thanked activists, her supporters and
MKs who stood by her despite the fact that they knew she might lose
to new Kadima chair Shaul Mofaz, whom Livni wished the best of luck
in leading Kadima "on his path."
Livni said she was proud to have founded the Kadima Party, which has
become "Israel´s largest party," along with former prime minister
"It was founded by a great leader," she said, "giving Israel truth
and direction... Ariel Sharon symbolizes Kadima."
Since Livni was knocked from the party chairmanship last month, she
has been silent about her political future. Rumors of an early
general election came soon after he party loss, leaving her little
time to regroup within Kadima - a factor that likely finalized her
decision to step down.
During her speech, Livni also said that she does not regret her past
political endeavors, and slammed the current government for failing
move the country forward.
"Israel citizens deserve more than what the current government can
provide," she said.
"I brought a new kind of politics, one that is not cynical and power
hungry, and that does not put personal politics first. I am not sorry
I didn´t get into political blackmail, sell the state to haredim
[ultra-Orthodox] in order to build a government, and I am not sorry I
didn´t join a government that is deteriorating Israel," she declared.
After receiving her official letter of resignation, Rivlin said he
has no doubt that Livni is not done serving the public "She has a
long future ahead of her," Rivlin remarked alongside a smiling Livni.
MK Dalia Itzik (Kadima) said earlier Tuesday that Shaul Mofaz had
offered former Livni the second slot on the Kadima party list, but
that Livni declined the offer, Army Radio reported.
On Monday, opposition leader and Kadima head Shaul Mofaz said that
his party will be ready for elections "any day, any hour, any year,"
but added that he preferred date is October 16, as it is after the
High Holy Days and Succot.
“No one should get too excited by polls – we are the only alternative
to the Netanyahu government,” he said. “We will stand strong and
determined.” (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/01/12)
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