Livni: Current gov't suffers from schizophrenia

Kadima leader responds to Lieberman's rejection of possibility of peace talks with Syria and calling all who believe in it "political hypochondriacs."

November 12, 2010 19:57
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Opposition leader Tzipi Livni

Tzipi Livni 311 Ariel J. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Friday responded to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's remarks regarding peace with Syria saying that the Israeli government suffers of "political schizophrenia."

"I heard Lieberman when he said that whoever thinks it is possible to make peace with Syria is a 'political hypochondriac,'" Livni said.

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"If we are speaking in terms of psychiatry, I think that a government which one day uses this sort of tone, and on other day speaks about peace with Syria and the Palestinians, is a government that expresses 'political schizophrenia.'"

Lieberman's statement came during a Thursday speech in the Golan town of Katzrin that largely focused on the need for continued building in Israeli communities in the West Bank.

His exact words were, "Everyone asks, 'Is Syria a peace partner?' Only a political hypochondriac can say Syria is a peace partner, especially under the current regime," Lieberman said during his visit. He added, that Damascus' continued provision of weapons to Hizbullah and other terrorists belied any peaceful intentions on the part of the Assad regime.

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