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Livni calls for national unity government

Foreign minister says national unity government the right move in face of current situation

Attila Somfalvi
Published: 07.22.08, 22:31 / Israel News

A call for unity: Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who is competing for Kadima's leadership, called Tuesday evening for the establishment of a national unity government.


"The situation we're facing is not simple and a national unity government is the most appropriate move," she said. "Anyone who's interested is invited to join."


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Livni, who delivered her speech at a meeting in the town of Hadera, also addressed the Jerusalem bulldozer attack that took place earlier in the day. "In Israel we have a license to work, not a license to kill," she said.


Turning her attention to the fact the terrorist who carried out the attack came from east Jerusalem, the foreign minister said: "These terror attacks are severe, even if in this incident it ended less terribly than it did the last time. We are starting to see residents of east Jerusalem starting to use their tools to kill. This needs to be addressed…our job is to deter."


However Livni added that there were no "magic solutions, but there are things we can do."


"Israel is a strong country, a country with capabilities that is able to defend itself," she said. "We are still fighting for our existence. This war is not only over Israel's physical existence. They are fighting us also because of what we are, and because of our values."


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