Likud, Kadima deny latest report on unity
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
July 8, 2010 21:47
Spokesmen for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Tzipi Livni vigorously denied a report in Ma'ariv on Thursday that Netanyahu's office had given Kadima a detailed proposal for joining the coalition.
The report said that Netanyahu's bureau chief Natan Eshel offered a top Kadima figure a deal that included naming Livni to head the negotiating team with the Palestinians. Many Kadima ministers would be appointed according to the deal but no existing coalition party would leave.
"There is no such document and the report is baseless," said Netanyahu's strategic adviser Shaya Segal, who was mentioned in the article as being aware of the offer. "People on each side talk every once in a while, but there are no negotiations, certainly not any that were authorized."
Livni's spokesman Gil Messing said there was no document and no offer and that as Livni has said publicly and privately, Kadima could only join if there would be significant changes in the coalition's makeup and its policies.