Livni attacks to gain surrender

Posted: May 8, 2010 by Jonathan Boyko in Israel, Politics
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Kadima's chairwoman Zipi Livni In political classes, you are usually taught that diplomacy, not violence, is the path to a solution for a problem – for the most part, of course. It seems Kadima’s chairwoman Zipi Livni missed the class, as she now assaults Likud in order to score points, calling for peace between the two, and then attacking Netanyahu:

Livni blasted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for "paying off" the ultra-Orthodox so that he could avoid making a decision on the peace process. She said Netanyahu is also evading a decision on social issues.

Livni blasted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for "paying off" the ultra-Orthodox so that he could avoid making a decision on the peace process. She said Netanyahu is also evading a decision on social issues.

(Haaretz)

LIVNI CERTAINLY CAVES in to pressure within her own party. While winning majority of seats in recent Israeli elections – 28 versus Likud’s 27 – Livni failed to set up a government, thus giving way to Netanyahu. In months after elections, Livni fiercely attacked Netanyahu, hoping his government would soon fall apart – just as her attempt did – and would force PM into concessions to gain Kadima’s seats in the Parliament.

Netanyahu, however, played his cards differently, not only keeping his seat, but also gaining some popular support, thanks to his tough stand against United States President Barack Obama. Now Kadima is left on the sidelines, with little opportunity to influence the direction the country is heading, left out with radicals such as Left-wing MERETZ.

Livni’s “pacified attack” would work swell in the opposition; it is useless if you are seeking cooperation. Netanyahu knows Livni would fight him all the way to next elections – and then some – even if he does accept her to the government and grants her a Minister’s seat. Thus, he chooses to sit with other opponents, such as the ultra-orthodox.

Zipi Livni, take notice: if you really want change, work for cooperation. You have already been defeated, it is no time to play face-saving games now. If you indeed want to change the direction the country is headed, present yourself as a pragmatist, now a hawk.

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