Daily Israel Report

Lapid Rules Out Joining Kadima

Yair Lapid on his Facebook page: I won't be joining Kadima. They are a bunch of cynical politicians.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 1/20/2012, 8:51 AM

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
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Media personality Yair Lapid, who announced his plans to enter politics on January 8, on Thursday ruled out the possibility that he will be joining the Kadima party.

In a message he posted to his Facebook page, Lapid made ​​it clear that he does not intend to join Kadima, a day after party chairwoman Tzipi Livni called on him to join the party.

“There’s something that should probably be clarified: There’s no way I’ll join Kadima,” Lapid wrote. “They are a bunch of cynical politicians who left other parties and no one has any idea what - if anything - they believe in, and there is no way that I’ll join them. Is that clear enough?”

Lapid’s message comes a day after Livni announced that she is advancing leadership primaries to take place March 27, shortly before Passover.

The party has been losing support almost ever since Livni took over from disgraced Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is facing criminal charges for bribery.

Polls have so far shown that if Lapid chooses to form his own party and not join Kadima, his party would achieve seven to 15 Knesset seats and that most of them would be at Kadima’s expense.