Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni, December 10, 2014.
(photo credit: ALONI MOR)
The agreement reached on Wednesday between Labor chairman Isaac Herzog and Hatnua head Tzipi Livni makes clear to the voters what their choices are in the March 17 election, Interior Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) said at Thursday’s Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference at the capital’s David Citadel Hotel.
“It is clear this election will be between those who want to give up land, risking Israel’s security without getting anything in return, and those who are willing to take risks only for a lasting peace with those who recognize a Jewish state,” Erdan said.
A lasting peace could only come from mutual concessions on both sides, Erdan said. Decisions by European parliaments to recognize a Palestinian state were empty, counterproductive gestures that merely encourage Palestinian intransigence, he continued.
“We must see the region as it is, not as we would like it to be,” he said.
Turning to Islamic State, Erdan said he was glad the American administration had realized it is not a threat that would fade away. Making sure former president Shimon Peres had left the room, he mocked his idea of a new Middle East.
“The new Middle East is a brutal reality of Islamic terror striking around the world,” Erdan said. “We said all along that the threat from terror will come to the West. Sadly, that day is here.”