Tzachi Hanegbi officially announced Monday afternoon that he was returning to the Likud. In a message on his Facebook page, Hanegbi said that “several other members of Kadima feel, as I do, that leaving the coalition was a serious mistake. I tried to bridge the gap between Kadima and the Likud. Unfortunately there are a number of people in Kadima who will not act as their conscience demands because they fear they will not receive a 'realistic' spot on the Likud list in the next election. I am disappointed that I was unable to bring political stability to the coalition during these times of fateful decisions,” he wrote.
“In 2005 I went after Ariel Sharon and helped establish Kadima,” he wrote. “Unfortunately the leadership of Kadima today no longer reflects my positions. Therefore I have responded positively to Prime Minister Netanyahu's offer and will return to the Likud. Despite the fact that I am leaving Kadima, I wish it well,” Hanegbi added.