Livni slams Netanyahu's 'passivity,' calls for elections

May 7, 2011 17:41


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Opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Saturday called for new elections as she slammed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for leaving Israel "weak and isolated as a result of his passivity" in the diplomatic arena with the Palestinians. Livni's comments comments came during an interview on Channel Two's "Meet the Press."

Livni addressed the recent reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, saying Israel should agree to peace talks with the Palestinians, provided Hamas accept the Quartet conditions, "that Israel actually created under the Kadima government." The Quartet principles consist of recognizing Israel’s right to exist, renouncing violence and respecting treaties previously signed by the Palestinians.

The Kadima leader said that Netanyahu's reaction to Palestinian reconciliation further pushed Israel into a corner. She cited the news that the European Union on Friday offered to increase aid to the Palestinians after the government announced that they would withhold the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority in response to the Fatah-Hamas unity deal.

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