Livni: Israel now at a strategic disadvantage

As a result of the failure in direct peace talks with the Palestinians, Israel is now at a disadvantage in terms of strategy, Opposition leader Tzipi Livni said in an interview with Israel Radio on Monday morning.
As a result of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's conduct, Israel "lost its right to debate in the negotiations and stances that were previously taken for granted as Israeli positions, are now being questioned," Livni explained.
Livni expressed hope that the European Union would not declare unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state and added that the US opposes the move as well.
"The US made it clear, which was good, that unilateral moves are unacceptable and therefore, there must negotiations which will produce results, but to my sorrow there is no vacuum in the Middle East," Livni said. "When a vacuum exists the result is that a program can be in Arabic, in French or in Swedish and finally in American English. This behavior does not represent the Israeli interest and therefore I hope that it does not happen. I really hope the world will give the negotiations a chance."
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