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Israel’s Livni says she won’t be No.2

Posted on 08/30/2019 | in 深圳桑拿网 | by

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said if she doesn’t become Israel’s next prime minister, she will lead her governing Kadima Party into the opposition – a move that could indefinitely stall Mideast peacemaking.

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It wasn’t clear whether Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator with the Palestinians, was ruling out a coalition headed by Benjamin Netanyahu’s hawkish Likud Party – or angling for better terms for her centrist party should it choose to enter such a coalition.

Kadima captured 28 of parliament’s 120 seats in Israeli elections last week, barely edging out Likud, which won 27. But parties that take a hard line on concessions toward the Palestinians won 65 seats, versus 55 for the more moderate camp, meaning it would be easier for Netanyahu to put together a coalition government.

President Shimon Peres is allowed to assign the task to whatever party he thinks is best able to form a government, and is expected to announce his decision late this week. Both Livni and Netanyahu have called on each other to join a broad-based government, but neither has indicated readiness to serve under the other.

If Likud and Kadima don’t join forces in the next government, the kingmaker would be the ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman, who wants to redraw Israel’s borders to place heavy concentrations of Israeli Arabs under Palestinian jurisdiction. Arabs who remain would be forced to sign a loyalty oath to the Jewish state or lose their citizenship. Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu is the country’s third-largest party, with 15 seats in parliament.

A new government dependent on Lieberman’s backing could cripple efforts to negotiate an accord with the Palestinians. That could put the new government into conflict with the US, where President Barack Obama has pledged to put Mideast peacemaking high on his agenda.

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