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Justice Minister Tzipi Livni insisted on Monday that a diplomatic process with
the Palestinians would soon begin, despite Economy and Trade Minister Naftali
Bennett’s eulogy for the two-state solution.
Speaking to MKs in her
Hatnua faction in the Knesset, Livni vowed that they would not be remembered as
a fig leaf in a right-wing coalition but as the instigators of a serious peace
process led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu against Bennett’s
“We are here to safeguard the Jewish home,” she said, referring
to the name of Bennett’s party.
“To do that while keeping Israel a Jewish
and democratic state, we need a diplomatic process and a peace
Reacting to Bennett’s comparison of the ongoing conflict with
the Palestinians to a pain in the ass, Livni said she “does not talk about
Opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich said she believed
Bennett was speaking for the government and warned that Netanyahu’s policies
would make Israel a binational state.
“The Palestinian issue is shrapnel
in the butt?,” she asked in a meeting of the Labor faction.
the low language, this is clearly a shard of Bennett’s worldview that turned
into the government’s policy.”
Finance Minister Yair Lapid, whose Yesh
Atid party is divided on the Palestinian issue, did not comment personally on
Bennett’s statements, but his faction released a statement reiterating its
commitment to the two-state solution.
Channel 10 reported that Lapid
intends to become more involved on the diplomatic issue following the final
passage of the state budget next month.
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Minister Yaakov Peri, one of Yesh Atid’s doves, said Bennett’s statements
sabotaged chances of achieving peace and harmed the economy.
In his own
faction meeting, Bennett downplayed his comments, saying he made them countless
times before. He accused the media of overplaying the story.
“What I said
should not have surprised anyone,” he said.