Two-Seat Kadima May Follow Livni Into Coalition
Kadima, a Knesset faction with only two seats, may be the next faction to join Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's embryonic coalition after Tzipi Livni's party did so on Tuesday.
Channel 2 reported Wednesday that talks between Netanyahu's Likud / Yisrael Beytenu party and Kadima are gathering steam. There were even expectations that Netanyahu would be able to finalize the details of a coalition agreement with Kadima head MK Shaul Mofaz, when the two met Wednesday evening.
However, the meeting ended around 9:00 p.m., and reportedly did not include final agreements on ministerial appointments.
Sources in Likud expressed concern that Kadima would receive two ministers' portfolios, one for each of its MKs – Mofaz and Avi Dichter.
Livni will be appointed Justice Minister, and MK Amir Peretz will be Minister of Environmental Protection.
After finalizing deals with the two small parties, Kadima and Livni's "The Movement," Netanyahu may try to get the hareidi parties to jump on board. This will not give him a 61-seat majority in the Knesset but will give him some leverage vis-à-vis the larger Yesh Atid and Bayit Yehudi.