Kadima rejects Netanyahu's unity gov't offer

Monday, December 28, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel's opposition Kadima Party on Monday announced that it had turned down an offer to join a unity government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ruling Likud Party.

The decision came during a meeting of Kadima lawmakers at the Knesset, where Netanyahu's offer was labeled as arrogant and insulting by many of the opposition MKs. Netanyahu reportedly only offered Kadima three ministerial portfolios, despite the fact that Kadima is the largest party in the Knesset.

Nevertheless, a number of Kadima MKs were unhappy with the decision. MK Otniel Schneller told Army Radio that only by joining the government could Kadima help push forward peace with the Palestinians, but suggested that apparently party leader Tzipi Livni is more concerned with her own career.

Schneller publicly threatened to leave Kadima if Livni does not rethink her decision to join the government. Last week it was reported that at least six other Kadima MKs were ready to defect and rejoin Likud.

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