Opposition leader Tzipi Livni fiercely criticized the government at a meeting of
her Kadima faction at the Knesset on Monday, accusing Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak of causing the state irrevocable
Livni, who has had informal discussions with Netanyahu about the
possibility of eventually entering the coalition, made clear on Monday that she
was far from forming a national-unity government with Likud and
“Bibi and Barak are destroying the country,” Livni told Kadima’s
“They are going from one crisis to another and leading Israel to one
of the worst situations in its history. Israel has a problem not because
perception that the entire world is against us, but because of the
Livni made the comments at the request of MK
Ya’acov Edri, who complained that Kadima lawmakers had given a false
that the party wanted to join the coalition at any price. MK Nachman
instance, spoke about an urgent need for Kadima to join the coalition in
speech on Saturday in Holon.
“We need different policies, supported by a
different coalition,” Livni said.
“It is not happening because Netanyahu
does not want to change his ways or his government but only to survive.
the solution is not to save this government but to replace it and save
Likud MK Ophir Akunis, who heads the party’s response team,
said in response that “it is unfortunate that Ms.
Livni is stooping to
hysteria rather than keeping her cool and displaying leadership.”
was the last person who could scold Netanyahu, Akunis said, because “she
minister for 10 years and she cannot point to a single
He added that the governments Livni was a part of
brought Israel’s security to a nadir and the left the economy on the
collapse, and that she left herself susceptible to the attacks of the
Goldstone Report on Operation Cast Lead.
Labor chairman Ehud Barak
rejected a request by his predecessor, MK Amir Peretz, on Monday to give
Netanyahu an ultimatum that if he did not bring Kadima into the
Labor would bolt the coalition.
“This is not the appropriate time for
ultimatums,” Barak said.
When Peretz interrupted Barak and asked him when
the appropriate time would be, Barak ignored him.