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  5/18/2014, Iyar 18, 5774

Netanyahu 'Never Wanted Indyk as a Mediator'


Saturday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu distanced himself from talks between Tzipi Livni and Mahmoud Abbas, held on Thursday. Sources in the prime minister's office said that Netanyahu made it clear to Livni that she would be representing only herself, and not the Israeli government. These talks were also harshly criticized by MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home).

Shaked also fiercely slammed US envoy to the Middle East Martin Indyk, who was revealed Saturday to have made even more inflammatory comments against Israel. "The prime minister never wanted Indyk as an intermediary, and now it is clear why," Shaked continued. "The prime minister did not trust Indyk, ever, but acquiesced at [US Secretary of State John] Kerry's request."