Tzipi Livni
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Livni urges PM to cancel Knesset recess

Opposition leader calls on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to order House to remain in session in light of growing social protest

Opposition Chairwoman Tzipi Livni called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin to cancel the Knesset's summer recess in light of the growing social protest.


"The Knesset cannot go on recess next week," she said. "I urge Netanyahu to accept our call – the Knesset must continue working. The reforms in response to what's happening on the streets must come from the Knesset. This is not the time for the Knesset to take a vacation.



"If Netanyahu truly means to instate change he needs the Knesset. This is his true test. Is he heading towards reform, or towards more speeches?"


Vice Premier Silvan Shalom, meanwhile, urged Kadima to join the government: "If the Opposition truly wants to help the people, it must help change (national) priorities from within, instead of shouting slogans to topple the government."


Shalom further urged to decrease taxes, saying "it is the government's job to step in where the market has failed. We must increase competitiveness and ensure prices are decreased," he said.


Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said that the Knesset's House Committee will discuss the motion to postpone the Knesset recess on Sunday.


MK Miri Regev (Likud) voiced a demand for Netanyahu to convene the Likud center urgently to discuss the national priorities and the distribution of resources in light of Saturday's nationwide protest.


Moran Azulay and Kobi Nahshoni contributed to this report



פרסום ראשון: 07.30.11, 22:03
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