Opposition leader Tzipi Livni said that the United Nations "is not going to establish a [Palestinian] state. It's going to make a declaration," in a brief interview with Newsweek
A declaration of statehood in the UN, she said, would not help achieve peace and will not establish a state. "I believe that the goal is to achieve peace and to end the conflict, and I don't think that September is going to help in achieving peace," Livni told Newsweek
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As far as statehood is concerned, she added, "At the end of the day, the United Nations is not going to establish a state. It's going to make a declaration. Even after September, something will need to be done in order to establish a state."
Asked about the reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions Fatah
and Hamas and its affect on possibilities for peace, Livni rejected the
characterization of the deal as a marriage between the two groups.
"It's not a marriage yet. It's only an engagement. The government has
not been established yet. It was bad news, this agreement," she said.
Israelis, she explained, "need to ask ourselves, how can we work with
those who hopefully are willing to end the conflict with us?"
Discussing the Arab Spring that has and is affecting many of Israel's
neighbors, the opposition leader said it is not clear yet whether we are
experiencing spring or autumn, which will lead either to summer or
winter. "There are two different possibilities" for the outcome of
recent events, she said.
"The best-case scenario is that these young people that took to the
streets looking for their rights are going to change their own states,
and we are going to see more democracy," Livni said on an optimistic
However, she warned that winter could also be upon the region,
explaining that extremists could "take over and abuse the democratic
system in order to spread an agenda which is completely