Labor should join the coalition to back peace talks, Justice Minister Tzipi
Livni said on Thursday.
“Opposition leader [Shelly Yacimovich (Labor)]
says she’ll only join the government once there’s an agreement or she thinks
[talks are] serious enough. Well, it’s not enough to give a speech about peace,
even if it’s a good speech; it’s important to implement it,” Livni told Army
“In my opinion, Labor should have been part of this coalition, and
it’s unfortunate that they refused to enter,” she added, with a dig at
Yacimovich’s party that it’s “better late than never to wave the flag of
Livni pointed out that the makeup of the coalition has a major
influence on its policy decisions.
“To allow significant and dramatic
decisions to be made in the future, there is a need for true and essential
support within the government,” the justice minister, who is leading the Israeli
negotiating team, said of peace talks with the Palestinians.
At a Labor
faction meeting Monday, Yacimovich said, “Labor will be a safety net for peace
talks, but not if they’re fake.”
The Labor leader said she feels that the
government is trying to dissolve talks and is only negotiating for show, and she
will not support that.
Livni would not divulge details of the
negotiations on Thursday, as per US Secretary of State John Kerry’s request that
talks be held out of the spotlight.
However, when asked specifically
about Israel’s demand to keep IDF soldiers in the Jordan Valley, the justice
minister said Israelis underwent a “traumatic experience” in the 2005 Gaza
disengagement, which she still supports, in that weapons were smuggled into Gaza
and rockets were launched.
“We want to avoid that happening on another
border,” Livni explained.
In addition, Livni said, “there is no question”
that Palestinian terrorists will continue to be released from prison as
“It’s part of our commitment, and it will happen,”
Livni also said that recent terrorist attacks in the West
Bank will not stop talks from continuing.