Kadima MK Otniel Schneller expressed his hope on Wednesday that with MK Shaul Mofaz winning the party leadership, Kadima will join the coalition headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
“I do not want to sound optimistic or arrogant, because Kadima is miserable in the polls today,” Schneller told Arutz Sheva. “But the real test will be where Mofaz will take the party.”
“Kadima made many mistakes,” he added. “Instead of being a common denominator party for many communities, the party as led by Livni became the anti-everything party. A centrist party should establish itself on doing good rather than on bad.”
Schneller said he believes Mofaz will have to work hard in order to differentiate Kadima from other parties.
“If Mofaz leads the party towards center right, he will face the Likud as a rival, and if he leads the party towards the left, he’ll face Labor leader Shelly Yechimovich. Navigating the ship will be difficult,” said Schneller.
He called on Kadima, as a centrist party, to join the coalition and said, “From day one I thought we should join the coalition. No centrist party can realize itself in the opposition.”
Schneller also said that he is convinced that ousted leader Tzipi Livni will not be able to stay in Kadima if the party once again becomes a center party.
“On a personal level I think she is a worthy woman with values, but I disagreed with some of her opinions and her conduct, and I think that it’s in Kadima’s best interests that our voters have spoken,” he said. “Livni is a clear leftist and therefore she will not be able to remain in Kadima if it goes back to being a centrist party.”
A Channel 10 poll released Wednesday, after Mofaz’s win, indicated that, were elections held today, Kadima under Mofaz would win just 15 seats in the Knesset. It currently holds 28 seats.
According to the poll, the Likud party would win the election with 32 seats. The Labor party would grow to 15 seats, one more than Yisrael Beiteinu at 14 seats.
MK Danny Danon (Likud) vowed Wednesday to "expose the true face" of Mofaz, who he said “is an out-and-out leftist.”
“Today he speaks about social matters, but his diplomatic plan is a return to 1967 borders,” said Danon, referring to the pre-1967 borders – the borders that held for 18 years after the 1949 armistice between Israel and Jordan.
"He is a Meretz man," Danon went on. "He was Defense Minister in the Expulsion and today he speaks of Expulsion Number 2. His diplomatic plan speaks of a phased retreat from Judea and Samaria."