Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who led Israel's negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA) until Thursday's decision by the diplomatic-security cabinet to suspend them, said, Thursday evening, that the decision was correct and the PA's decision to unite with Hamas was bad. Interviewed by Channel 2 Television, she said it remained to be seen if PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is a peace partner, adding that she disliked the term and that Abbas has made decisions that were not good.
Given differences between Livni and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Livni said the talks went the way she wanted and the agenda for the talks was right, saying that Abbas's choices demanded that she rethink the agreement. She said members of her Hatenu'a party agreed with her that at this stage, pulling out of the coalition is not the right step. She added that the suspension of the talks does not close the door on them.