Livni Abu Ala 311.
(photo credit: Itzki Edri)
The office of Kadima Leader Tzipi Livni on Tuesday rejected a
tongue-in-cheek invitation by Israel Beiteinu to attend the party's
faction meeting in order to present proposals to swap Arab border towns
in pre-1967 Israel that Al-Jazeera reported she had raised during
negotiations with the Palestinians.
"Israel Beiteinu's invitation is ridiculous," a Kadima statement said.
"We do not address publications by Al-Jazeera, and as time passes, more
and more doubts are raised about their reliability. Israel Beiteinu, not
for the first time, deals with headlines and not the essence, Had they
read the details they would see that there is no link between what was
written in the Al-Jazeera documents themselves and the very problematic
proposals by [Foreign Minister Avigdor] Lieberman."
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Livni's office added that "if Israel Beitienu wants to hang on Livni's
words - then hang on the unequivocal assertion that there is a partner
with whom we can reach a permanent agreement that will end the conflict
while still preserving the national and security interests of Israel."
Environment Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) mocked Livni from the Knesset
podium on Tuesday, saying that "Thanks to Al-Jazeera, we know that
Livni's views are not far from those of Israel Beiteinu."
At a Knesset conference on the fate of the Negev and Galilee, Livni responded to both Israel Beiteinu and Likud officials.
"Today I heard there were parties that were happy to hear what it has
been reported that I said," Livni told the crowd. "But my outlook [on
how to make peace] is all encompassing. You can't take only one part of
it out of context that you might like. Everyone is invited to endorse
all of it."
Both Livni and her Kadima rival Shaul Mofaz declined to respond to a
report in The Guardian that Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qurei
volunteered to help Livni's campaign for the Kadima leadership two years
"I would vote for you," Querei is quoted as saying.
According to the report, Livni responded that he would not have a
difficult dilemma deciding who to vote for, because her competition was