There is a struggle for Israel's image, said leader of the opposition Tzipi Livni on Thursday, after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's announced Wednesday night new measures to deal with recent extreme right-wing escalations.
Netanyahu stated that Jews rioting in the West Bank will now be tried in military courts like Palestinians. However, he rejected calls by ministers to class suspects as terrorists. "To this struggle, an extreme right-wing coalition is teaming up with a number of rabbis who want to impose a 'Halachic
[Jewish law] state', and young people who are trying to impose their ideology on us, the Zionist majority," said Livni in a statement.
"We, the Zionist majority, should all stand on the other side of this struggle. We must fight for the character and nature of Israel," she continued.
"This government... is laying fertile ground for these tumors. When Netanyahu says that we are dealing with rioters and not ideological crime, it indicates one of two things - either he doesn't understand what is happening here, or he doesn't want to deal with this extremist ideology because of his natural coalition partners," Livni asserted.