The Decline and Fall of Tzipi Livni
Tzipi Livni, who led Kadima into failure, quit politics and returned to head her own party, is already thinking of quitting again, after polls indicate her party will be too small in the next Knesset to be a game changer.
The Hebrew-language daily Yisrael Hayom reported Sunday that she is not prepared to remain in the Knesset if her party, with the uninspired title “Movement,” Hatnua in Hebrew, cannot attract more followers.
Livni has a solid but small group of mainly secular and center-left supporters based in metropolitan Tel Aviv.
The egos of Livni and Yair Lapid, another secular center-leftist who heads his new Yesh Atid (Future) party, were larger than the suggested possibility of the two factions working together with the Labor party to run on a joint slate in an effort to stop Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu from returning to office.
Livni insisted on leading the merged slate, and the idea collapsed, while Lapid has made it clear that he is not about to share the limelight with anyone.
He belittled Livni on Saturday, saying that she will not stay in the Knesset if the polls prove true and her party ends up with only 10 seats or less.
Livni inherited the leadership of the Kadima party four years ago when former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert quit after a string of criminal investigations made it impossible for him to continue at the helm.
In the elections three months later, Kadima won one more seat than the Likud, but failed to put together a majority coalition and Livni refused to join Netanyahu's coalition.
Her boring oratory, lack of ideas and one-item agenda of attack Prime Minister Netanyahu on every issue did not improve her standing, and she lost the Kadima leadership election to Shaul Mofaz, who has been left to lead the party into oblivion.
Almost all polls show Kadima failing to enter the next Knesset.