Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another


Livni, Defiant, Pledges to Stick Around

Sees centrist party as counterweight to right-wing Israeli leadership

Print Email
Livni and U.S. envoy George Mitchell last week.(AFP/Getty Images)

You will continue to have Tzipi Livni to kick around, if that’s your thing. The leader of the centrist Kadima Party, who served as foreign minister during last year’s Gaza conflict, insists that she will survive her current political turmoil, which has seen Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu try to lure away top officials in her party even while her number two talks coup and schism. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, she insisted on her and her party’s continued relevance. She also pledged to continue refusing to join the governing coalition led by Netanyahu’s Likud Party; Kadima will not be “a fig leaf” for a turn away from some semblance of a two-state road map, she said.

Part of the problem facing Livni is that Kadima was founded in unique circumstances: it was essentially created by then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to embody the coalition that he led, which was appreciably to the right of the left-wing Labor Party even as it broke with Likud by supporting unilateral withdrawal from Gaza. But now, Sharon is done (his stroke-induced coma recently passed the four-year mark), while Hamas rule in Gaza has, to many, repudiated the wisdom of Kadima’s signature policy. Perhaps most importantly, the one-time success of Kadima compelled Labor to move right and Likud to inch left, creating less of a logical niche for a truly centrist coalition. In winning the ideological battle, Kadima may have lost the political one.

Then again, Kadima also has (by one member) the most representatives in the parliament. It is hard to argue that the party is dead, even though it is easier to argue that it is getting there.

Israel’s Livni Says Reports of Her Political Demise Are Premature [LAT]

Print Email

Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.


Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Livni, Defiant, Pledges to Stick Around

Sees centrist party as counterweight to right-wing Israeli leadership

More on Tablet:

11 Non-Jewish Celebrities—and 2 Jewish Ones—Show Off Their Hebrew Tattoos

By Marjorie Ingall — You don’t have to be Jewish to sport Hebrew ink. But some of these stars should have thought twice before going under the needle.