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Livni: We can't afford to have Bennett in gov't

Hatnua chairwoman warns that only Center-Left block can stand up to 'dangers of radicalism sweeping across Israel'

Yuval Karni
Published: 01.20.13, 11:54 / Israel News

"The radical Right and Bennett will bring about the destruction of Israel," Hatnua Chairwoman Tzipi Livni said at an election rally held Saturday.

 

She added that she would not join a government that failed to promote the peace process.

 

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Habayit Hayehudi, she added, "Urges their 'brethren' to come home, but this won't be the home we are familiar with. The nice face and national front disguise a radically nationalistic agenda that they have been trying to hide for months."

 

Livni stressed that "Israel's government cannot afford having Bennett as a part of it. The only way to prevent a radical right government is to vote for us.

 

"If we are strong, we will be able to form a different kind of government – a centrist, Zionist government that Israel needs vis-à-vis the social, security and diplomatic crises it faces."

 

She further said that she is not categorically against joining the future Likud government, but will consider it only if she was given true assurances that the government will pursue the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

 

"Unlike other parties, that demand monetary payment to join the government, I will demand a political one," she said.

 

Not over yet

Speaking Sunday at Hatnua's steering committee meeting, the party's chairwoman said that "The public believes these elections have already been decided. Let me be absolutely clear – they have not.

 

"The Israeli public understands that it cannot leave the government in the hands of those who have been running it for the past four years.

 

"We are the only ones who can stand united against the dangers of the wave of radicalism sweeping the country and we are the only ones who can effect change."

 

Earlier Sunday morning, a slogan reading "Yigal Amir was right" was found sprayed on the walls of Hatnua headquarters on Tel Aviv, referencing the killer of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

 

Livni commented on the graffiti, saying: "This literally illustrates this struggle. I didn't vote for Rabin but he was still my prime minister – and no one will assassinate our democracy and our Zionist dream."  

 

 

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