Former Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni
resigned the Knesset on Tuesday, after 13 years as a member of the parliament.
Livni's loss in the Kadima
primaries to Shaul Mofaz,
who won 62% of the votes, immediately sparked speculations regarding her future in politics.
Livni's associates insist that she intended to remain publicly and politically active, albeit outside the House.
The former chairwoman's associates told Ynet that "While Livni isn’t leaving Kadima at this time, there's no reason to rule out other options, including a new party.
"Her resignation will allow her to better review her options and anything is possible. She has not ruled out the possibility of joining Yair Lapid,
either," a political source told Ynet.
Livni's resignation came amid growing speculations that Israel
will see early elections in the fall.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
said in the past that he would not move for early elections, but was recently quoted as saying the next elections may be held as soon as September 4.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman
said Monday that "the decision has been made and now we should hold the elections as soon as possible."
(Photo: Gil Yohanan)
MK Ronit Tirosh (Kadima) commented on Linvi's resignation, saying she was sure "her talent and experience wills serve Israel in the future. I'm happy she's not quitting politics altogether. I also hope the decision doesn’t discourage other women from running for office. Our politics needs quality women."
Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner added that he was sorry about Livni's decision, adding that "I thank her for her contribution to the party's foundation. Kadima is important to Livni and I believe she will find a way to remain a part of us."
Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich also commented on the matter, saying she was sorry to hear about the decision. "Livni is a worthy individual who has vast political experience. She will be missed in the Knesset," she said.
Knesset Member Danny Danon
(Likud) however, predicted that "Kadima's end is closer than ever. This party, which is devoid of any values, will soon sink. More and more Kadima MKs are likely to follow Livni's example and leave the sinking ship."
Livni will be replaced by Yuval Zellner, who is next up on Kadima's roster for a Knesset seat.
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