Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Time To Bite The Bullet - Livni

When it comes to what is to be done with the Palestinians, the schism between Israeli politicians is of Biblical proportions.

Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni wants a settlement, on Israel's terms, before a less favourable settlement is imposed by the international community. Likud Party leader Netanyahu favours continuing the occupation indefinitely and expanding illegal settlements in the West Bank.

From the Associated Press:

[Livni] told a convention of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Organisations, "we need to give up half of the Land of Israel," using a term that refers to biblical borders that include today's Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

She explained that such a withdrawal would be for the good of Israel, to maintain it as a Jewish state.

Livni told the US Jewish leaders Israel must take the initiative and come forward with its own peace plan to head off international programs. "Any plan put on the table will not be in our interest," she said.

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