Livni: 'An evil wave has been sweeping over the country'

Kadima leader, human rights organizations slam Lieberman's comments saying left-wing groups "help terrorists."

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January 10, 2011 18:23
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Kadima head Tzipi Livni.

Livni 311 AP. (photo credit: AP)

 
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The Kadima faction on Monday stated that it will oppose the proposal to establish a parliamentary commission of inquiry to investigate the funding and activities of left-wing organizations.

Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni said in an official statement: "An evil wave has been sweeping over the country. The Netanyahu-Lieberman government fans the flames of fire, either alone or in partnership with some Knesset members. I object to the activity of these [left-wing] organizations, and will criticize them while acting against foreign interference, but we have a duty to stand up against this wave. Stopping this evil wave is not only the duty of the left but of all those who are committed to Israel and its values."

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Livni added that "When you look at some of the lines in the [Lieberman's] proposal, it can seem logical and reasonable, until you read between the lines and see that it is problematic. Kadima can not be passive about this process, our public duty is not to participate in this process and to confront the wave - in the Knesset and in the public. Everyday we wake up with another story - and today we heard the threats against MK Shai Nitzan. MK Michael Ben-Ari is going so far as to create conspiracy theories - you can not just stand aside and watch it happen. In the end, Israeli society pays the price."

Livni's comments come after Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman earlier on Monday attacked left-wing NGOs and defended his party's initiative to establish the commission of inquiry to probe the left-wing groups.

Lieberman said that "these organizations help terrorists, and their main aim is to weaken the IDF and its ability to protect the citizens of the State of Israel."

B'Tselem also criticized Lieberman's comments on Monday, saying the group "will not be deterred by this kind of assault."

In an official statement, the group said: "Lieberman and his cronies are those who are damaging Israel’s international standing, in their policies as well as their attempts to silence human rights organizations that work fearlessly to save Israeli democracy and our country’s moral fiber."

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Other Knesset members expressed similar reactions to those of Livni and human rights organizations.

MK Dov Hanin of Hadash said, "It is the duty of the democratic camp to join an intense public reaction" against Lieberman's comments.

"Incitement against human rights organizations grows from day to day. Lieberman and Netanyahu are responsible for the dangerous attack on democracy and the potentially serious consequences of this. If we do not protect democracy now - there will be no democracy to protect us later."

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