Tzipi Livni at the President's residence 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The east Jerusalem location of the Justice Ministry will not prevent Justice
Minister Tzipi Livni from holding key meetings and advancing the peace process,
sources close to her said on Sunday.
Nabil Sha’ath, Fatah’s commissioner
for international affairs, complained in an opinion piece he published in
Canada’s Globe and Mail on Friday that Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird
“slapped the Palestinian people in the face” by meeting with Livni in her
Sha’ath wrote that the meeting “not only marks an unprecedented
recognition of the illegal Israeli annexation of Palestinians’ occupied capital,
it undermines efforts by United States Secretary of State John Kerry to restart
Livni’s associates said they were aware of Sha’ath’s
complaint and the realities of the situation.
“We do not expect problems
with the minister’s meetings,” Livni’s office said in a statement. “We are
convinced that such issues will not pose an obstacle to our key goal of
advancing the diplomatic process.”
Besides the Justice Ministry, the
Jerusalem offices of the Construction and Housing Ministry and the Science,
Technology and Space Ministry are located over the Green Line.
not expected to pose a problem for Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel
(Bayit Yehudi), who lives over the Green Line in Kfar Adumim.
Science, Technology and Space Minister Yaakov Peri is very dovish and was one of
the main interviewees in the Oscar-nominated movie The Gatekeepers , which
criticized what it termed “the occupation of the West Bank and east Jerusalem.”
Nevertheless, Peri has been working out of the office.
Both Peri and
Livni also have offices in Tel Aviv.