peace negotiator and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni
slammed senior coalition partner Habayit Hayehudi
on the background of what she dubbed their "attempt to prevent us from reaching a diplomatic solution," saying "a radical minority has taken over our lives and it is motivated by very narrow interests."
In a comment aimed at Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett, Livni wrote on her Facebook page "You know what? Even though I am against a referendum, I'm so sick and tired of the hypocrisy and irresponsibility that I am willing to vote in favor here and now."
Elaborating, Livni wrote "not a referendum on the peace deal – unfortunately we have yet to reach that point – but rather on the Habayit Hayehudi attempt to prevent us from reaching that point." She further dubbed "announcements of additional settlements, or planned settlements, including small outposts… and building in E-1 despite agreements to the contrary," as incitement.
Livni continued saying, "It is true I was opposed to a referendum because I believe we were elected to make hard decisions, but see what has happened: Those who decide for the majority are in fact a radical minority which has taken control of our lives.
"They call us 'brother' and 'sister', but the truth of the matter is that they don't care about their 'family', they are motivated by narrow interest at the expense of our children's future – with more and more announcements of settlement construction they attempt to prevent us from reaching an agreement which will secure the existence of a strong, Jewish and democratic Zionist
Livni also said, "Let's stop for a moment and ask the people right now whether they are willing to pay the price for construction that might or might not happen, for building in places like Eli, we should ask whether we are ready to pay the price of serious damage to our strategic relations with the US, Israel's isolation in the world, severe damage to our economy, a worsening boycott against us, ongoing damage to the legitimacy of the IDF
to act, and the freedom of our soldiers to travel the world without fear of being arrested, and most importantly – the cost of losing our identity as a Jewish and democratic state."
She added, "This is a direct, genuine question which is not related to whether we have a partner or not. What the impact is on security is a question that is related only to us: In what kind of country do we want to live, and what country do we want to leave our children."
The harsh post was eventually removed from Livni’s Facebook page, and a status on the murder of soldier Eden Atias
of Afula appeared in its place.
"When I heard about the murder of soldier in Afula, like most of us, my first thought was of the family's pain," Livni wrote.
"I wrote here earlier criticizing the damage caused by the announcement of the settlements, but I removed it because that serious political debate will certainly continue, but not now. Now I want to pay tribute to the memory of the soldier and share sympathy with the family. I also want to make another thing clear: Violence will not bring political achievement. And we will fight against terrorism and extremists firmly and without compromise."
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