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Lapid: Livni Can be My Number 2

Yesh Atid chairman says splitting the centrist bloc is a bad thing.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 11/25/2012, 7:39 PM

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The head of the Yesh Atid (Future) party, Yair Lapid, announced on his Facebook page Sunday that he has asked Tzipi Livni to be in the number two spot in his party's Knesset list. Livni is expected to announce this week that she is running in an independent party.

"In the past few days I have had quite a few conversations with Tzipi Livni," Lapid wrote. "She received an offer to be Number Two on the Yesh Atid list and to be a full partner in all of the important decisions. Splitting the centrist bloc is not good for Israel and I am calling on her to come, join hands and strength, and change the country together."

There were reports Saturday that Livni intends to meet with former prime minister Ehud Olmert and to discuss running in a joint list for Knesset. According to the reports, Livni and Olmert will meet Sunday afternoon, the third meeting between the two in recent weeks.

Labor leader Shelly Yechimovich has also asked Livni to join her list. "I call on Tzipi Livni to join me and the Labor party and avoid forming a new party that will take votes from the centrist parties which already exist,” said Yechimovich.

Meanwhile, Dov Lipman announced on Saturday night that he would be in the top 20 of Yesh Atid’s list for the Knesset. Lipman is well known in the Anglo community and has been an activist in Beit Shemesh, in a recent public battle over the location of a religious-Zionist girls’ school.

Polls currently give Yesh Atid about 10 seats, and possibly less if Livni joins the race.