Tzipi Livni, justice minister and Israel’s representative at the recently
resumed peace talks in Washington, said on Wednesday that all coalition partners
had an obligation to support the negotiations.
Speaking to Army Radio,
Livni appeared to be directing her comments at Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali
Bennett and former foreign minister and Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman
after they inferred Israel’s negotiating partner Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas is an anti-Semite.
“I know that there are partners in the
coalition who are not interested in a two-state solution, but they have a
collective responsibility, and as long as they are part of the coalition they
must support negotiations.”
After Abbas said that no Israeli settlers or
border forces could remain in a future Palestinian state and that Palestinians
deem illegal all Jewish settlement building within the land occupied in the 1967
Six Day War, Bennett said: “The president of the Palestinian Authority said he
doesn’t want to see any Israelis on his land. Bad things happen when good people
are silent. Good people need to act.”
Likud MK Miri Regev told Israel
Radio on Wednesday that there was no majority support in her faction for the
idea of a two-state solution.
Meretz chief Zehava Gal-On, meanwhile, said
that because of the opposition of many MKs and the power of the extreme Right,
there should not be “exaggerated hope” for the success of the peace
The left-wing leader expressed some hope, however, that
Netanyahu will use this “rare window of opportunity” to make peace, even if the
price is the breakup of the current coalition government.
With regard to
how the talks would be conducted, Livni said that all of the central issues at
the peace talks with the Palestinians would be discussed
“Some of the common theories before the negotiations began
were that they [the Palestinians] would want to discuss only borders or that we
would only wish to discuss security,” Livni told Army Radio.
rejected that this is how the talks would be conducted.
“The goal is to
end the conflict. It cannot be ended just by setting the border. We need
to know what is happening on the other side of the border,” Livni
“The conflict and the demands cannot be ended if I only address
some of the central issues,” she said.