Rift in opposition: Labor, Yesh Atid attack Livni

January 7, 2013 20:06


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Labor and Yesh Atid party heads launched a blistering attack on Hatnua head Tzipi Livni on Monday for presenting a "false version" of a tripartite meeting the leaders held late Sunday. The attack highlights friction between Israel's main opposition parties who are attempting to present a united front against a Netanyahu-led coalition.

The three had met to discuss the potential formation of a Center-Left coalition to challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the upcoming elections.

Speaking to Army Radio earlier Monday, Livni said "We did not do what we need to do - release a joint statement saying we will work together and ensure there will either be a national-unity government on the basis of what we believe in or an extremist government that we and the public do not want."

In a joint press release, Yesh Atid party head Yair Lapid and Labor party head Shelly Yacimovich said "we agreed to attend the meeting because of a mutual respect for one another, despite our vast ideological divides. We were shocked to discover we were nothing but fodder for a calculated spin, which had not an ounce of truth or content."

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