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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Prime Minister’s Office denied a report on Wednesday that Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu had asked President Shimon Peres to pressure Kadima leader
Tzipi Livni to join the coalition.
A report in Wednesday’s Yediot
Aharonot said Netanyahu had met secretly with Peres for more than three hours
over dinner on Monday night. It said they had analyzed the political situation
and the challenges of the current US-Israel relationship and that Netanyahu had
asked the president for help with Livni.
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Beit Hanassi responded on
Wednesday night that the prime minister and the president meet frequently and
they never reveal the content of the conversations.
attacked Netanyahu for the fifth day in a row on Wednesday after a cover story
over the weekend portrayed her as an ineffective opposition leader
who was afraid to get her hands dirty by criticizing the prime
“Israel has a prime minister whose policies have no connection
to what he promised during the election,” Livni said. “It’s all due to pressure.
Because he lacks the courage to stand up to his ministers and insist on
differentiating between the settlement blocs and isolated settlements, he has
shifted the international debate to [territories] that we once took for
Regarding Netanyahu’s decision not to cave in to pressure from
US President Barack Obama to extend the 10-month West Bank moratorium on housing
starts, Livni said, “A responsible leader helps our friends around the world and
does not embarrass them. The president of the United States wanted two months of
quiet and Netanyahu responded with a shameful request to receive something to
persuade the right-wing parties in his government.”
The Likud responded
that “Livni has already proven that she is ready for huge concessions at the
expense of Israel’s interests, especially with UN Resolution 1701 that she
initiated to end the Second Lebanon War, which allowed the rearming of Hizbullah
with tens of thousands of Iranian missiles. Netanyahu will make sure such
strategic mistakes are not repeated.”
For the first time since
Netanyahu’s government was formed in March 2009, coalition MKs on Wednesday
signed a petition led by Kadima initiating a special session of the Knesset with
the prime minister’s participation.
Labor rebel MKs Eitan Cabel, Amir
Peretz, Daniel Ben-Simon and Ghaleb Majadle signed the petition for a Knesset
session under the banner: “the failure of the Netanyahu government on the
diplomatic issue and the isolation of the State of Israel.”