Israel’s former foreign minister Tzipi Livni has formed a new political party to stand in January’s general election as an alternative to the conservatives who are currently running the country.
She was dumped as leader of the main opposition party Kadima in March. Now she said she will come back to ‘fight for peace’ with the Palestinians.
“I believe that Israel is going the wrong way,” she said. “We need to change the policy of this government in order to change the threats that Israel is facing, and this is what I am going to do.”
Polls suggest her Movement Party will win up to nine of the parliament’s 120 seats, splitting the centre-left vote.
Livni was once tipped as Israel’s next Golda Meir, the only woman to have been Israel’s prime minister.
While serving in Ehud Olmert’s cabinet, Livni headed the high-profile peace talks with the Palestinians.
Opinion polls say the current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s centre-right block will win back overall power.
But the stance of his fellow candidates has shifted to the right after 100-thousand rank-and-file members of his Likud party voted-out four backers of diplomacy, and voted-in champions of Israeli settlements.
Furthermore, Netanyahu’s more moderate defence minister Ehud Barack has announced that he is standing down from politics at the next election