Leftists Accuse Livni of 'Ego' Politics

Likud calls her irresponsible and lacking in sense, while Labor and Yesh Atid say her ego is too big.

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Gil Ronen,

Livni announces new party.
Livni announces new party.
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Tzipi Livni came under simultaneous fire from Right and Left Tuesday immediately after she announced that she is running at the helm of an independent political party.

Protesters identified with the Labor party demonstrated in the street outside Livni's news conference, chanting, among other things – "ego isn't everything."

Labor is angry with Livni over her decision to run independently instead of accepting the Number Two spot which they offered her. She is expected to take a sizeable chunk of Labor's votes away from it.

"Tzipi Livni is a qualified woman who is making a bitter mistake," Labor said in an official statement. "She is establishing the party of 'refugees of refugees', and causing Lieberman and Netanyahu to smile a wide smile." This is a reference to the former Kadima MKs who are expected to join her list, when Kadima itself was made up largely of "refugees" from Likud.

Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid (Future) party issued a statement according to which "The move that Tzipi Livni carried out today is the epitome of old style divisive politics, motivated by ego alone. It is too bad that Livni refused to be a partner in leading a real change in the lives of Israel's citizens."

Likud said that Livni "supported the Disengagement and brought Hamas into Gaza. Now she is working energetically in order to bring Hamas and Iran into Judea and Samaria."

Livni is "serially indecisive," said Likud, "She lacks national responsibility and diplomatic sense, and no less important, she broadcasts weakness on security vis-à-vis our enemies, while Prime Minister Netanyahu acts with national responsibility for the security of Israel's citizens, combining diplomatic wisdom with defensive power."