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.
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.
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.
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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.