Is­rael’s largest party to choose leader

The Washington Times Daily - - World -

JERUSALEM | Is­rael’s largest party, rel­e­gated to the op­po­si­tion af­ter 2009 na­tional elec­tions, was choos­ing its leader Tues­day in a re­match be­tween a for­mer peace ne­go­tia­tor and a one­time de­fense chief who di­rected Is­rael’s tough re­sponse to the last Pales­tinian up­ris­ing.

The race be­tween cur­rent Kadima Party chief Tzipi Livni and Shaul Mo­faz was ex­pected to be close.

Who­ever wins will face the dif­fi­cult task of try­ing to wrest power from Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu. The Is­raeli leader has been rid­ing high in polls, with Kadima tum­bling in pop­u­lar­ity.

Ms. Livni, 53, served as for­eign min­is­ter in the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment.

Mr. Mo­faz, 63, was chief of the Is­raeli mil­i­tary.

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