MK Elkin to Quit Kadima

MK Ze'ev Elkin of Kadima has all but decided to quit his party, saying he never meant to join the left-wing party that Kadima has become.

Hillel Fendel,

Ze'ev Elkin, a Knesset Member of Kadima, has all but decided to quit his party. "I never meant to join the left-wing party that Kadima has become," he explains.

Elkin says his decision to quit Kadima is all but final, "but I believe that it would be proper to speak with party leader Tzipi Livni, and with Sha'ul Mofaz, whom I supported in the party primaries, before I make anything official."

Speaking with Arutz-7's Uzi Baruch, Elkin said he does not yet know what he will do afterwards. "Unlike what has become common practice in politics here," the freshman MK said, "I would first like to make a decision on quitting Kadima, and only afterwards decide on which party to join, if any."

A religious man who immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union at the age of 19 in 1990, Elkin said he has received feeler-offers from "the three large right-wing parties" - apparently the Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu and the new religious party formed by the National Religious Party and National Union.

Elkin was speaking from Beit HaShalom in Hevron, the Jews of which are facing imminent eviction orders. "I am here both on a visit of solidarity," Elkin said, "and to discuss possible ways to see if the eviction can be stopped. It is simply a matter of certain politicians trying to see who can be the most left-wing as the elections draw near.  There is absolutely no reason to evict the occupants merely because someone says the purchase wasn't legitimate. The proper judicial process is to clarify the matter in court, without evicting anyone - and certainly not now, during this sensitive pre-election period."

Resuming his criticism of Kadima, Elkin said, "I sense that Kadima, Labor and Meretz are vying to see which one can better represent the left-wing - the radical left-wing, I would almost say - and it seems that Kadima's Livni is winning..."

Elkin said he met with party leader Livni recently to find out her policies, "and I came out more worried than when I went in... What has happened with this party since 2006 is a total turnabout; it has become a party of the extreme left.  What used to be a red line is now a starting point for talks with the PA; in Olmert's case, it is even more than a starting point; he's ready to give in even before the negotiations. Members of the party are talking openly about dividing Jerusalem and a complete return, more or less, to the pre-'67 borders."

Olmert said on Monday that Israel should divide Jerusalem and return to the borders of May 1967, with certain "necessary changes," and must "return to our familiar places, in the Galilee and the Negev..."

Elkin admitted that Livni's policies are different than those of Olmert, as she herself has said, "but I think it's just a question of tactics; in the end, they both lead to the same place."



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