Kadima, the centrist Israeli political party Ariel Sharon founded just before his debilitating stroke in 2006, has rejected its current leader Tzipi Livni in favor of former IDF Chief of Staff and Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz. Kadima is sort of the opposition party but so much has happened since the last election that that label may be slightly misleading since more clearly left-leaning Labor and Meretz seem to be gaining ground at Kadima’s expense.
Notably, Mofaz, who is more hawkish and right-leaning than Livni, was born in Tehran. His family immigrated to Israel in 1957.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.