Hatnua party leader Tzipi Livni said Sunday that unlike Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, when she speaks, “the world listens.”???
Livni was responding to criticism by right-wing lawmakers and the prime minister on Saturday night, after reports surfaced that she had asked Kerry to delay the Palestinian UN bid for statehood until after elections, lest it strengthen Israel’s right.
In an interview with Army Radio, Livni said she had asked US Secretary of State John Kerry to torpedo the UN Palestinian bid altogether, and not — as her critics had alleged — merely delay it until after the March 17 elections.
“I didn’t ask for the event to be delayed, I asked that it not take place,” Livni said of the UN Security Council vote. The former justice minister, who is running in the upcoming elections on a joint ticket with the Labor Party, maintained that “an imposed settlement is bad for Israel,” and accused Bennett of seeking a UN vote in order to boost his political standing.
“If Bennett thinks that an imposed settlement on Israel and a UN decision are good for him politically, then good for him,” Livni said. “The difference between me and Netanyahu and Bennett is that the world listens to me.”
Netanyahu’s office on Saturday evening had released a statement saying that “the true faces of Tzipi and Boujie [Herzog] have been revealed. Immediately after the elections, they intend to retreat and allow the creation of a second Hamastan in Judea and Samaria.” More