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Livni at Knesset. Bad strategy
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Livni calls on Barak to quit
Special Knesset plenum debate finds defense minister under attack over Israel's response to Eilat terror attacks, rocket fire on south

The Knesset plenum held a special debate Tuesday at the request of opposition factions which discussed various topics on the public agenda, including the government's response to last week's terror attacks near Eilat and the barrage of rockets fired from Gaza.

 

Opposition Chairwoman Tzipi Livni harshly criticized the government, and in particular Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who declared Sunday "Those who operate against us will be decapitated."

 

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"When there's no political process, and no reasonable relations with Arab countries, when you're busy scolding the US, then you find there is nothing to do," Livni said. "It’s a bad strategy." She also called for Barak's resignation.

 

The Kadima chairwoman criticized the government's failure to prepare means of defense ahead of time and called for a change in the perception of the Egyptian border stressing the importance of deterrence.

 

In response to Livni's statements, Minister Michael Eitan said: "I have tried comparing the Kadima government to the current situation. Should Netanyahu have acted as Olmert did at the beginning of the (Second) Lebanon War?"

 

He praised the army's ability to capture and eliminate the planners of the Eilat terror attacks hours after the event.

 

MK Majalli Whbee (Kadima) also slammed Minister Barak saying "whoever is in charge of the safety of our citizens should go home."

 

 

 

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