Opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Sunday blamed the policies of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the stagnation in the diplomatic process that it has created for leading to the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas. Livni's comments came in an interview with Army Radio.
"The Palestinians made their decision because they looked at Israel and saw the unwillingness to cooperate for the sake of peace," Livni stated.
"When Hamas came to power after the elections in the Palestinian Authority, we were faced with a similar situation and we behaved completely differently, Livni said. "We contacted of all the countries and recruited them to our side. We said we were interested in peace but only with a party who actually wants peace - not Hamas. We left Israel in a state of active negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, international recognition of our readiness for peace and full cooperation with Egypt, she added."