Likud slams new 'extreme Left' Labor list

Livni accuses Labor of abandoning the diplomatic issue; Meretz: Labor is now tasked with preventing Yacimovich from joining Netanyahu.

November 30, 2012 12:40
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TZIPI LIVNI announces the formation of new party

TZIPI LIVNI announces the formation of her new party 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

The announcement of the results to the Labor Party primary on Friday were met with mixed reactions from politicians across the political spectrum.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Likud party expressed displeasure with the new Labor list, calling it an "extreme Left list that reflects on party leader Yacimovich, who voted for Hadash."

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"This extreme Left list enthusiastically supported the disengagement [from the Gaza Strip in 2005], helped Hamas gain power in Gaza and now it might bring Gaza into Jerusalem and to the suburbs of Petah Tikva."

Former Kadima head and leader of "The Tzipi Livni Party," Tzipi Livni, congratulated Labor, but lamented the fact that "Labor with Yacimovich at its head has abandoned the diplomatic issue and turned left on social issues."

"Only mere hours after the Palestinians were recognized in the UN and in light of the diplomatic and security challenges ahead, The Tzipi Livni Party is the only alternative to Netanyahu and the extreme Likud Beytenu list," Livni added.

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Meretz also congratulated Labor, saying Labor member are now tasked with "an impossible mission, to prevent their chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich from entering a coalition with Netanyahu."

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid said the Labor's list "is worthy of a left-wing party that combines new faces with long-standing experienced people."

"The political map is becoming clear, Likud Beytenu is in the distinct Right, the Labor is in the distinct Left and at the Center of the political map - Yesh Atid," Lapid continued.

Gil Hoffman contributed to this report.

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