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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Coalition crisis ahead: Livni complains to Israel Radio that 'Jewish Home' hinders peace

You could have seen this coming a mile away. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is leading the 'peace talks,' complained to Israel Radio on Tuesday that having the 'Jewish Home' party in the coalition is 'hindering peace.'
Israel’s lead negotiator in peace talks with the Palestinian Authority urged Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday to replace the religious-nationalist Bayit Yehudi party with the Labor Party so as to boost the chances of a diplomatic breakthrough.
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni told Israel Radio on Tuesday that the current composition of Netanyahu’s governing coalition complicates efforts to make progress with the Palestinians.
“Bayit Yehudi opposes the two-state solution, and this is very problematic within the context of negotiations,” Livni told Israel Radio. Bringing in the center-left Labor Party would give Netanyahu the political support and flexibility to make the necessary decisions to push the peace process forward, according to Livni.
In case you were wondering, the 'Tzipi Livni party' has six seats in the Knesset. And don't hold your breath waiting for Netanyahu to fire her. Like Hillary Clinton, Livni has a mysterious hold on Netanyahu.  Naftali Bennett ought to go ballistic over this.

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