Livni 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
The premier wants to generate public concern and a yearning for strong
leadership, opposition head Tzipi Livni said Thursday regarding Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's recent decision to ease the blockade on
"When decisions are made under pressure, the result will be
weak," Livni said.
"If the prime minister would have decided to
ease the blockade, and the decision was not made under pressure, the
international perception of Israel would be completely different," she
blockade hurts Hamas’s PR
UNRWA wants full
"Israel's strategic position
is falling apart. We have the chance to
make a change, and to do this we need to initiate new policy," the
opposition leader stressed.
Livni added that "the new Israeli patriotism and the strong desire to
retain our Jewish identity needs to come along with the ideal that a
two-state-solution is a strong Israeli interest."
"A change in policy and in the make-up of our government can make a big
difference in our international standing," Livni concluded.
Blockade ease will weakens Hamas, Iran
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu justified on Monday the cabinet’s decision
lift the civilian blockade of the Gaza Strip, arguing that the move
confront Hamas – and Iran – more effectively.
removes the civilian blockade on Gaza while tightening the security
Netanyahu told the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, explaining
final approval of a relaxation of the blockade.
“The decision was made
accordance with the United States, with Quartet representative Tony
with other heads of state with whom I have spoken in recent days. This
best decision for Israel because it pulls Hamas’s main propaganda claim
under it, and allows us and our friends in the world to unite around our