Israel's ex-FM Tzipi Livni returning to politics with new centrist party

Israel's ex-FM Tzipi Livni returning to politics with new centrist party

Tel Aviv : Israel | Nov 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM PST
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Former Foreign Minister and Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni on Tuesday, announced her candidacy in Israel's Jan. 22 general elections, unveiling her new party Hatnuah (The Movement).

At a press conference held in Tel Aviv, she said Israel's situation is getting worse and there is no one to represent us.

"I have decided to return to politics and to create a political party, that I have named 'The Movement'."

"Netanyahu lost yesterday and he could lose the elections," Livni said, referring to the results of the Likud primary.

She also said she has come to fight for, not against, Israel.‏ Livni did not present her candidates, at Tuesday's press conference.

Livni hopes Tuesday's announcement will carry her in the polls and help her be seen as a viable alternative to Netanyahu and Lieberman. Her associates said she is not ruling out partnerships with other lists in the future.

Another sources said, Livni felt no need to hurry to reveal her candidates when Knesset lists do not need to be submitted to the Central Elections Committee until Dec. 6.

According to media reports, Livni delayed launching her new party until after hostilities with Palestinian armed resistance in Gaza had ceased.

It is worth mentioning that Livni is a lawyer and became head of Kadima after its former leader Ehud Olmert resigned in the face of corruption charges. Livni served as foreign minister from 2006–2009 and resigned from parliament in May, of this year after losing the leadership battle of the center-liberal party, Kadima.

After standing down, Livni said that, she was not leaving “public life” as Israel was “too dear” to her.

Despite her resignation, she has remained a vociferous critic of the government’s actions, saying that the peace process has been slowed because of Palestinian leaders' inability to control the violence in the territories, and not because of Israel.

Livni also said that, "the current situation in Gaza Strip is unacceptable. She emphasized that, Israel expects the Arab world to support and grant legitimacy to moderates in the Palestinian Authority, in order to bolster their ability to show flexibility on the diplomatic level and reach more agreements with Israel."

In response, Israel's Largest Party Kadima blamed its former leader for a politically unwise move, which, instead of unifying the (centrist) bloc, fragments it all the more.

The Likud also described her as an “eternal deliberator, who can't make her mind up on anything” and who lacks geopolitical wisdom.


Former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni served as an Israeli intelligence officer in Europe between 1980 and 1984. Of course this work made her aware of many hidden issues, in addition to intelligence matters that helped to form her political character. It also made her deal with the Palestinian issue from a security perspective, and that's why she failed as a foregin minister.

Israel is experiencing in recent events for the first time the defense minister resigning and leaving political life, while the opposition leader simultaneously announces the formation of a new party. This is not democracy but it is political chaos, with the knowledge that, if Livni wins the prime minister leadership in the next elections, for sure, she will be like Golda Meir, in particular, in her dealing with the issues of Palestinian rights.

I think that the Israeli people did not learn yet that the time of murder without reaction has ended and will never come back. For this, the Palestinian people advise the Israeli electorate to choose a government that maintains safety first, which comes by giving the Palestinians their rights, then think of development. This is brief advice for every Israeli, who is now sure that violence and killing of any Palestinian citizen means that more than half of Israel's population will never feel secure.

We know that Livni is excellent in the political equivocations; even the Palestinian leadership is certain that her view of peace is the same view of wolf to sheep. Therefore, though what she announced is that she is working for Israel, the Palestinian people also say that they also work in favor of Palestinian statehood. Livni may choose between the path of peace and path of aggression; the Palestinian people are ready for both.

After all, she may succeed in gaining several seats. Nevertheless, in the middle of what is happening in Israel today, she can be anything except an opponent to any future government, unless she gets allied with any other existing party, and that is excluded. Therefore, lets wait to see the next political map of Israel. I am certain that it will be a government not very different from the current one.


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Israel's former foreign minister Tzipi Livni has formed a new political party to stand in January's general election as an alternative to the conservatives who are currently running the country.
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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