The Likud party on Tuesday said in a statement that Kadima and
opposition leader Tzipi Livni are encouraging increased international
pressure on Israel.
The statement came in response to a Bloomberg column
Tuesday morning which said that the White House has grown increasingly
resentful of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's policy, and subsequent
comments by Livni who said Netanyahu's "political obsession affects the
strategic and security interests of Israel and its citizens and degrades
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"Netanyahu's cabinet is the most over-sized in Israel's history and is
detached from its people and its environment in a way that is harmful to
the people who live there, when they are in Israel and when they are
abroad," the Kadima statement said.
Likud defended the prime
minister, saying that "Netanyahu is concerned with the interests of the
State of Israel and stands strong time after time against international
pressure in order to defend those interests."
claimed that "day after day it becomes clear that Netanyahu is
dangerous for Israel," Likud argued that it was the Kadima government
that in 2006 "allowed Hamas to take part in elections in Gaza and
established themselves the state of Hamastan, armed with thousands of
rockets aimed at harming Israeli citizens."
"The nation of Israel needs a leader like Binyamin Netanyahu that stands behind Israel's vital interests," the statement said.