Justice Minister Tzipi Livni 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on
Monday for welcoming French President François Hollande so warmly while sparring
with the administration in Washington.
Speaking to her faction in the
Knesset, Livni said Israel appreciated Paris’s determined stand in negotiations
with Tehran but hinted this cannot be allowed to be interpreted as coming at the
expense of the United States.
“France’s stance came from their knowledge
that a nuclear Iran is dangerous not only to Israel but to France and the
world,” she said. “But we cannot forget that our strategic alliance is with the
US, and even when there are disagreements, Israel must maintain that
Livni noted that having the US as its primary ally has enabled
Israel to maintain its military superiority in the region. She said advancing
diplomatic talks with the Palestinians would also contribute to Israel’s
Opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich told her Labor faction that
the stalemate in the talks was “catastrophic” and said she demanded that there
be a breakthrough in the negotiations.
MK Isaac Herzog, her challenger in
Thursday’s Labor leadership primary, told the faction that months ago, Netanyahu
downplayed the views of the French and now he was overstating their
“To call France the top strategic ally of Israel is wrong,” Herzog
said. “We have one strong, intimate ally, and that is the United States.
Netanyahu is wrong to pester [US] President [Barack Obama] and [Secretary of
State] John Kerry. I hope he stops.”