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Jerusalem - Livni: Netanyahu Negotiating Future Government Behind Backs Of Ministers

Published on: November 30, 2014 10:23 PM
By: Jerusalem Post
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Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (L) and Finance Minister Yair Lapid (R) listen to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (not pictured), as the cabinet meets in the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Israel, 23 November 2014. EPA/JIM HOLLANDER / POOLIsraeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (L) and Finance Minister Yair Lapid (R) listen to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (not pictured), as the cabinet meets in the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Israel, 23 November 2014. EPA/JIM HOLLANDER / POOL

Israel - Justice Minister Tzipi Livni accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday of negotiating his political future behind the backs of his coalition partners.

“Governing means putting forward the shared goals of the members of government” and not preventing ministers from expressing their positions, she said, alluding perhaps to the controversy surrounding the “Jewish state bill.” During a heated debate over the law last week, Livni told Netanyahu: “The elephant in the room is that you want us” – Hatnua and Yesh Atid – “to vote against this so you can fire us.”

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Livni has publicly stated she would not contribute to the measure – which she called anti-democratic – passing in a preliminary vote. In a TV interview however, she did not commit to voting against it, which suggests she may abstain and save her spot in the coalition.

Livni told Israel Radio on Sunday that she would remain in the government so long as she “can prevent destructive decisions and unacceptable bills,” which could morph the country into something different than what Israel’s founders envisaged.

As for the nationality law – legislation which gives legal weight to Israel’s Jewish character – she said any vote on the bill had to be rooted in the Declaration of Independence.

Livni also visited the bilingual Hand in Hand school in Jerusalem – the target of a suspected arson attack – and said  that as a minister of justice she would act with zero tolerance against these kind of phenomena, of hatred, in the Israeli society.

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 Nov 30, 2014 at 11:46 PM zalman Says:

What chutzpah! If anyone is a mouth piece for their own self absorption it is Livni.

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 Dec 01, 2014 at 12:15 AM Ben Says:

Why does Livni look so angry?

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 Dec 01, 2014 at 07:29 AM BarryLS1 Says:

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Ben Says:

Why does Livni look so angry?

Lolk, easy answer. she was out maneuvered and the polls show that she and Lapid will suffer greatly from new elections. She is also a hypocrite. She and Lapid have been doing the same thing, i.e. trying to form a left-wing government.

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