Tzipi Livni Retires from Israeli Politics

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19 Feb 2019
Tzipi Livni Retires from Israeli Politics
Former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, who has been a fixture of Israel’s Knesset for twenty years, held a press conference in Tel Aviv on Monday evening to announce she is retiring from politics and that her Hatnua party would not be running in upcoming national elections. The announcement came weeks after Livni was humiliated by Labor leader Avi Gabbay who announced in a live TV broadcast, with her at his side, that he was dissolving the partnership between Labor and Hatnua, which subsequently sank to electoral insignificance in most polls.

Livni explained during her press conference that she had tried to form a Center-Left bloc to run in the upcoming elections, scheduled for 9 April, but that she had not been successful. In addition, her own Hatnua party had lost so much support among potential voters that its only likely contribution to the upcoming election would be to siphon off votes from other Center-Left parties, without itself earning enough votes to be seated in the next Knesset.

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