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  3/20/2012, Adar 26, 5772

Livni: Ashton's Words Invalid, Outrageous and Incorrect


Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni criticized foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton of the European Union, Tuesday, for equating the murder of Jewish children in Toulouse, Monday, with President Bashar Al-Assad's assault on his people in Syria and collateral deaths of children in Gaza warfare. Speaking at the Yuval Ne'eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, the Kadima party chairwoman said, "This comparison is invalid, outrageous and incorrect. The demand for her to take back her words is correct. Neither a hate incident nor a leader murdering his people resemble a state fighting terror, even with civilian casualties."

Livni continued, "This statement expresses the misconception of the world toward Israel and the inability of the current leadership to produce this clear moral distinction. The inability able to enlist the world on behalf of the interests of the State of Israel harms the ability of its military action and the possibility of Israel using military tools."

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also called on Lady Ashton to retract her statement.