MK Hanegbi: I advised Olmert not to fire Livni

MK Tzahi Hanegbi said Thursday that he had asked Prime Minister Ehud Olmert not to fire Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who called for the prime minister's resignation on Wednesday. Hanegbi told Army Radio that "I advised Olmert not to dismiss her or engage in any confrontation with her beyond their real disagreement over the meaning of the [Winograd] report." According to Hanegbi, who took over as coalition chairman after former chairman Avigdor Yitzhaki tendered his resignation on Wednesday, "it is [Livni's] absolute right to think what she expressed yesterday, [and it is] the prime minister's right to think the opposite."