Livni to Run in Israel Election Warning Netanyahu She’ll ‘Fight’

Former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said she will run in Israel’s Jan. 22 election at the head of a new party, challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a rematch of their contest almost four years ago.

“I’m here to fight,” Livni said today at a Tel Aviv news conference. “I’ve decided to provide an answer for those who say there’s no one to vote for.”

While Livni’s Kadima party won the most parliamentary seats in the 2009 election, Netanyahu persuaded other factions to join a coalition led by his Likud party and went on to form a new government.

Livni, 54, who resigned in May as opposition leader and head of Kadima, said her new party will be called “The Movement.” She resisted efforts by the Labor Party and others to recruit her before making the decision to run on her own ticket.

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