Netanyahu fails to back Livni on prisoner release

Prime minister chooses not to publically address prisoner release after Bennett directs his criticism at Livni

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not publically backing Justice Minister Tzipi Livni who has come under fierce criticism by right-wing politicians in the wake of the expected release of Palestinian prisoners. Netanyahu failed to comment on the matter during Sunday's cabinet meeting.


Livni herself met with Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to discuss the "Struck bill" seeking to ban the release of prisoners during negotiations with the Palestinians. She has yet to decide whether to put the bill up before the Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs.


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Members of Habayit Hayehudi attacked Livni over the weekend claiming that releasing terrorists compromises state security. Livni fired back warning of incitement that could lead to another political murder.


Addressing the prisoners' release ahead of a Ministerial Committee vote, Netanyahu said that "cabinet decisions must be upheld."


Discussing the peace talks, he said, "We want to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians, primarily to guarantee security." He further noted that the Israeli demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people was not meant to obtain Palestinian ratification but rather "an acknowledgement that there will be no more claims."


Attila Somfalvi contributed to this report



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פרסום ראשון: 10.27.13, 13:31
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