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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with opposition leader Tzipi Livni at his
Jerusalem office on Monday afternoon and updated her about security matters and
preparations for the upcoming United Nations General Assembly vote on the
creation of a Palestinian state.
Netanyahu and Livni also discussed
recent diplomatic and security-related developments, and the raised tensions
along the country’s southern border with the Gaza Strip and Egypt.
they apparently did not discuss any potential future political
It was the first meeting between the two adversaries since
April, even though the prime minister is legally required to brief the leader of
the opposition every month.
The Prime Minister’s Office released a
statement after the meeting describing the atmosphere as pleasant and
professional. But Livni’s spokesman released a statement indicating that she
criticized him in the meeting.
“Only a diplomatic process can prevent
[the Palestinian statehood bid in] September and also enable Israel to fight
terror,” Livni told Netanyahu according to her spokesman.
“The lack of a
diplomatic process has harmed Israel and its ability to defend
After the meeting, MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima) criticized his
party leader, saying, “Statehood and security are a complicated and unified
subject, which we as the opposition cannot oppose, and, out of national
responsibility, must address as a unified government.”
Livni has recently
attacked Netanyahu’s government on its policies, slamming its handling of the
Palestinian Authority’s plan to seek recognition of statehood in the UN, and
criticizing its response to rocket-fire from Gaza.
The opposition leader
has said the current policy being employed is “weakening Israel.”
than negotiate with moderate Palestinian leaders and fight Hamas, Netanyahu is
ignoring the moderates and negotiating [cease-fires] with Hamas,” Livni said