Former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is an immoral person who steals MKs from her former party, MK Ronit Tirosh (Kadima) charged on Monday.
Tirosh spoke to Arutz Sheva after the Knesset’s House Committee approved the request of seven of Kadima’s MKs to split from the party and run with their former chairwoman in her new party, The Movement.
"The public needs to know who Tzipi Livni is. This woman is clearly immoral and lost her values,” charged Tirosh, who had opposed the split during the discussion at the committee.
She added that Livni was "stealing MKs in broad daylight, not because of ideology, and all appears to be kosher when you need money.” Splitting from Kadima allows the MKs who left to transfer their election funding to Livni’s new party.
“Livni is not willing to take part in a deficit of 38 million shekels and the money she takes from Kadima today will make it difficult for us to repay the creditors the party owes money to,” said Tirosh.
"Livni went bankrupt – she shut down one company and started a new one with a clean page," said Tirosh. “It is not moral. It’s hard for me to see everything that has been happening in Israeli politics in recent months. There's no truth but rather many lies and hypocrisy, as well as giving up of basic values.”
She added, "I feel sorry for someone like Tzipi Livni who, beyond being a woman, I was hoping would one day be a leader, but she is far from being a role model on this issue.”
Livni announced last week that she will be forming a new centrist party, The Movement. She has already been joined by former Labor chairman Amram Mitzna, who officially announced on Sunday he would be running with Livni.
Livni is hoping to take seats from the Likud Beytenu in the January elections, but so far it appears as though her decision to form a new party rather than accept offers to join Labor or Yesh Atid (Future) is actually a gift for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
A poll released last week found that if elections were held today, Livni and her party would win a grand total of seven seats, all at the expense of Labor, which dropped by five seats in the polls, and Yesh Atid, which also is down five seats from previous polls.