MK Amram Mitzna is bowing out of politics – again. On Wednesday, Mitzna said that he had informed the leadership of the Hatnua party that he had had enough, and that he wished luck and success to the Hatnua MKs that chose to run in Labor with Tzippy Livni, head of the soon to be defunct party.
He is just the latest party MK to announce their resignation - following Elazar Stern and David Tzur. MK Meir Sheetrit is also said to be on the verge of resigning, and is expected to announce his resignation at a press conference this Thursday.
Mitzna was a long-time Labor party member, and was mayor of Haifa for a decade. He chaired the party during the 2003 elections, when the party won only 19 seats – Labor's worst performance ever until then (although the party now has just 15).
He resigned as party leader (to be replaced by Shimon Peres), and from the Knesset, and ater a stint as the appointed mayor of Yerucham he joined Hatnua in 2012 when Livni broke away from Kadima.
In a post on his Facebook page, Mitzna praised the integration of Hatnua – or what is left of it – with Labor. “This is a step that can truly change Israel,” she said. “The Labor Party was and remains my political home. Led today by Yitzchak Herzog, with the participation of Tzippy Livni and a young and dynamic group, it can bring about regime change. I will be happy to assist in that effort,” he said.
Mitzna, now 69, is one of the last “old-time” leftists still in Israeli politics. He joined the IDF in 1963 at age 18, fighting in both the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War. In was IDF Chief of Staff from 1990 to 1993, retiring from the army and taking on the job of Mayor of Haifa that year.