Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay’s decision to end its joint slate with Livni’s party caught her unprepared. She is trying to shake a left-wing reputation and find a candidate who could help her party run independently
The Kadima Party, formally known as Kadima Yisrael (Forward Israel), is an Israeli political party formed in November 2005 by then prime minister Ariel Sharon and leading Israeli politicians from across the political spectrum. The party was created following Sharon’s decision to break away from his own right-wing Likud Party after his plan to withdraw from Gaza and four West Bank settlements made him increasingly unpopular within the party.
During the establishment of Kadima, Sharon persuaded centrist political leaders from Labor and Likud to leave their own parties to join him. Among the notable politicians who defected to Kadima were Ehud Olmert, Meir Sheetrit, Roni Bar-On, Tzachi Hanegbi and Tzipi Livni from the Likud, and Shimon Peres, Haim Ramon and Dalia Itzik from Labor.
After Sharon suffered a series of strokes in 2005 which left him in a permanent coma, the leadership of Kadima was assumed by Ehud Olmert who led the party to a strong victory in the 2006 national elections, winning 29 of 120 Knesset seats. Some pundits speculated, however, that Kadima would have won closer to 40 seats has Peres been elected as leader.
Olmert resigned as party leader in 2008, following numerous allegations of corruption, and was replaced by Livni after a party leadership race against former IDF chief Shaul Mofaz, Sheetrit and former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter.
Following her victory, Livni was immediately charged with forming a new coalition government, but failed after she refused to agree to Shas' demands and instead called another nationwide election for February 2009.
In the 2009 elections, Kadima beat Likud by one Knesset seat, but Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu was asked by President Shimon Peres to form a government after it became apparent Livni was unable to do so. After her subsequent refusal to join Netanyahu’s government, Kadima became Israel’s opposition party and Livni the leader of the opposition.
Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin, Hilik Bar and Eitan Broshi announce they will not run for reelection in the Labor party primary ahead of April 9 general election
Labor and Hatnuah still considering bringing Kadima onto their slate, examining whether Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz would increase number of votes that joint slate would attract.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was able to do what the left wanted but never had the mandate for, but his final act remained a work in progress.
At a fundraising event in London two weeks ago, the former prime minister, who was forced to resign in 2008 for corruption charges, stated his intention to give it another go in four years.
Coalition Talks Enter Final Stretch Netanyahu Meets With Lapid, Bennett to Iron Out Final Terms of Coalition Agreement
Disagreements remain on subject of ultra-Orthodox military service; Lieberman outlines reforms to Israel's system of governance to be presented by new government; Mofaz's role in new coalition still unclear.
Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu and Yesh Atid and Habayit Hayehudi hashing out the the final details that will determine the nature of the new government.
Shaul Mofaz's party just barely made it into the Knesset, but he might find himself defense minister.
From Haaretz's post-election analysis, to a meeting of defense officials on chemical weapons in Syria; Haaretz brings you the top 8 headlines you might have missed.
In an unusually destructive round of voting, nearly half of Israel’ legislators will be leaving office, including most Kadima party members.
All major networks agree that Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu won the most seats, 31, followed by Yesh Atid, with 18-19 seats, and Labor Party, with 17 seats.
In an interview on channel 2, Israel's former prime minister backed ex-Shin Bet chief Diskin for criticizing Netanyahu's conduct, blamed Barak for the Harpaz affair.
Trying to understand why voters from the political center have to choose between competing parties, our correspondent speaks with three candidates - all of whom try to explain what has gone wrong.
As the Knesset's biggest party heads for the garbage heap of history, this former general can do nothing but ponder where he went wrong.
Largest party in the Knesset and Kadima-affiliated mayors, council heads and their deputies, nearly all men, were this week crammed into a too-small room at a pre-end-of-term party.
Abraham Hirschson was convicted in 2009 and sentenced to five years and five months for fraud. He will be released in January.
In American politics they often cite the Democratic Party spokesman who was asked to comment on the defection of the controversial mayor of Los Angeles, Sam Yorty, to the rival Republican Party. In a single move, he said, Yorty improved the quality of both parties.
Sources in the Labor Party and in Tzipi Livni's new movement, Hatnuah, both expressed doubt about the possibility of joining forces for the election.
Mitzna joins seven former Kadima members who have joined Hatnua Party, calls the Likud list 'dangerous.'
MK Meir Sheetrit joins his six breakaway colleagues at Livni's Hatnuah; by joining Livni, the seven MKs, who constitute one quarter of the Kadima faction in the current Knesset, will bring the new party funding money and allotment of campaign airtime.
From growing Western support for Thursday's Palestinian bid at the UN, to a new campaign by a Shas renegade that defames his former party. Haaretz brings you the top headlines you might have missed.
Latest Haaretz-Dialog survey predicts Tzipi Livni's new party, Hatnuah, will garner only seven Knesset seats.
Yair Lapid, who sees the growing sisterhood to his left, realizes he should look for his own inner woman. It remains to be seen when Likud will do likewise.
MKs Yoel Hasson, Shlomo Molla, Majali Wahabi and Rachel Adatto announced their plans to leave, and they're expected to be joined by three more Kadima MKs, including Robert Tiviaev.
Ahead of Israel Elections Former Israeli FM Tzipi Livni Announces Return to Politics, Forms New Party
In Tel Aviv press conference, Livni says she chose not to give up or aid those who don't do enough to promote peace; Labor: Livni is making a mistake.
Former Kadima leader's new party will attempt to challenge Netanyahu alongside three other centrist parties. That's what happens when politicians are led by their egos.
Mofaz plans to focus on what he termed Netanyahu's 'obsession' with attacking Iran.
The race to the White House concludes next week and the outcome will likely have a bearing on Israel’s elections in January. While Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni weigh their options, Moshe Kahlon dreams of being a game changer.