Livni: Barak and Netanyahu are destabilizing Israel

Opposition head demands Mks question PM's decision to appoint temporary chief of staff; Likud MK requests A-G publish facts and findings.

February 3, 2011 11:43
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Livni doing a hand thing 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Thursday criticized Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's canellation of Maj.-Gen Yoav Galant's IDF chief of staff candidacy, and said that she fully opposes the temporary appointment of Maj.-Gen Yair Naveh. In an interview with Army Radio, Livni laid out her fears that Israel looks unstable at a time when surrounding countries are experiencing internal struggling.

"It is not responsible to destabilize the entire country just because Barak is not ready to work with Ashkenazi who has accumulated experience as the IDF Chief of Staff for three years," Livni said.

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"I cannot associate with the way Barak and Netanyahu run this country together," she added, commenting that "the combination of a weak prime minister and an overly-aggressive defense minister is problematic, and could endanger Israeli security. The temporary - days or weeks - appointment of a chief of staff is a testament to their weakness and pursuance of personal interests."

"It would be hard for me to say, today, that the government is free from extraneous considerations regarding state security," Livni said, insinuating that the considerations that led to Galant's dismissal and the appointment of a temporary chief of staff were not all transparent. "Soldiers coming to serve in the army must not only look up to the chain of command within their ranks, but they must also believe their government - I'm not sure the situation is like that today."

Livni called on her fellow MKs to dismiss the temporary appointment of Naveh, and resist becoming pawns in Netanyahu-Barak meddling. "Government ministers are compelled to decide whether they will be the rubber stamp of the odd couple Netanyahu and Barak," she charged. "So far they haven't been questioned on this case, but now it is time to ask Netanyahu why he won't do the right thing."

Commenting on the cancellation of Galant's candidacy for the IDF chief of general staff position, MK Michael Eitan (Likud) contacted Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein on Thursday, asking him to publish in full the facts, findings, and reasons which led to his conclusion not to defend Galant in his appointment for the IDF chief of general staff.

Galant had criticized, Wednesday, the state comprtoller's investigation as a "forbidden intrusion into an area that is solely the courts' jurisdiction."

Eitan charged that "Galant's attack on the attorney-general and the State Comprtoller's Office proves that he has not internalized or learned his lesson not to employ aggressive behavior as a reaction to good governance and the rule of law concerning land issues and delivering misleading information."

Commenting on the situation in Egypt, Livni said that, "Right now the Israeli government should be quiet," Opposition leader Tzipi livni (Kadima) said about the Israeli response to events in Egypt.

Livni reiterated that "the prime minister should be weary about the ideas he expresses because of the sensitive situation surrounding us. The state should...wait until the anger subsides."

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