The Kadima party council voted 131-4, with 3 abstentions, Thursday evening, in favor of establishing a three-member committee, headed by party chairman Shaul Mofaz, to select the party's Knesset list for the January elections. The 72-percent turnout was the highest for the committee since the establishment of the party.
Mofaz welcomed the decision, adding, "We will present Israelis with a winning, experienced and quality team that will give the Israeli voter an alternative rule to the Netanyahu government. Kadima was and will remain the true centrist party in the state of Israel which represents the vast majority, which serves [in the military], works and pays taxes." In remarks before the vote, he called bringing down the government of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a national mission, adding that there were a lot of candidates - including himself - who would do a better job.