Coalition chairman Yariv Levin on Tuesday placed full responsibility for recent
peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority on Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu, saying chief negotiator and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni only serves
as his “messenger.”
During an interview with Arutz Sheva on Tuesday morning,
when he was asked to react to Netanyahu’s Sunday night speech at Bar-Ilan
University, he explained that while Livni is the Israeli representative in the
recently renewed peace negotiations, Netanyahu is the ultimate decision
“It’s important to remember, and it must not be seen in any other
light. Tzipi Livni is the messenger for the negotiations,” Levin
“She has no real responsibility and cannot make any decisions
without the explicit consent from the prime minister.”
Levin, since Netanyahu is the one who is truly in charge, all actions resulting
from the negotiations fall on Netanyahu’s shoulders, “for better or for
Transportation Minister Israel Katz was also interviewed on the
same show and called for clear political lines to be made.
“There must be
a clear ideology and clear guidelines [for the talks] and then it will be less
important who leads the negotiations, politicians or bureaucrats,” Katz
Katz attacked recent concessions made during the ongoing talks,
such as the release of Palestinian prisoners.
“You can’t release the
biggest murderers and then command the security authorities to fight terror
while terrorists are being actively released,” Katz said.
Katz, the Palestinian Authority is no partner for peace.
“I don’t suggest
to anyone to trust them [the Palestinians], and the prime minister also
understands that he cannot rely on international agreements,” Katz
Meanwhile, Levin called for the continued expansion of the
settlements in the West Bank.
“We need to continue strengthening all
elements of settlement construction, infrastructure and people’s quality of life
and to strengthen our hold on the area, as well as strengthening awareness and
understanding of the importance of our right to settle in these places,” Levin
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