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Fatah and Hamas would not have reached a reconciliation agreement had Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu immediately agreed to a Palestinian request to
extend the 10-month settlement housing start freeze that ended in September
2010, opposition leader Tzipi Livni said on Saturday.
'Hamas must reform if US to talk with Palestinian gov’t'
Livni: Netanyahu to blame for Hamas-Fatah unity deal
Speaking on the
Channel 2 program Meet the Press, Livni said Israel needed a prime minister who
could persuade the world not to allow a Palestinian state to be declared
unilaterally at the UN General Assembly in September, but that Netanyahu did not
fit the bill.
“In order to stop the unilateral process of recognizing a
Palestinian state and get us off a track that is bad for Israel, Netanyahu must
negotiate,” Livni said. “For him to be believed, he must pay prices.
needed to pay with a freeze but he stammered.”
Livni said Israel should
agree to peace talks with the Palestinians, provided Hamas accepted the Quartet
conditions of recognizing Israel’s right to exist, renouncing violence and
respecting treaties signed by the Palestinians. But she also said there was no
chance of reaching peace with Hamas.
The Kadima leader said that
Netanyahu’s reaction to Palestinian reconciliation put Israel further 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 it would withhold
the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority in response to the
Fatah-Hamas unity deal.
She said that elections in Israel would “stop the
world in its tracks” if they realized that a new government willing to negotiate
with the Palestinians was going to be chosen. She accused Netanyahu of only
caring about his political survival.
The Likud said in response that
instead of acting as a responsible opposition, Livni was attacking the
government’s efforts to prevent a Hamas terror state from being created, in an
effort to score political points in her own party.
Vice Premier Moshe
Ya’alon (Likud) told an audience at a cultural event in Beersheba on Saturday
that a lot of the threat Israel is facing in September comes in from inside
Israel. He said the Palestinians use Israel’s internal divisions to try to
Reacting to the American slaying of al-Qaida leader
Osama bin Laden last week, Ya’alon said that Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah
“should not be sleeping as well in his bunker.”