Daily Israel Report

Livni: Surrender Part of Israel to Keep a Jewish Majority

Israel must give up parts of Judea and Samaria in order to preserve Israel as a Jewish state, Kadima leader Livni told the Jerusalem Conference.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 1/28/2009, 8:40 PM

Israel News Photo: Ezra HaLevi

Israel must give up parts of Judea and Samaria in order to preserve Israel as a Jewish state, Kadima leader Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told the sixth annual Jerusalem Conference Wednesday night.

She also called for a dialogue between different sectors in Israel in order to work together to preserve Jewish values. "Constant arguing over the way" to achieve our common goals will cost us the nation as a Jewish state, she said.

"The Jewish aspects of Israel are a national subject and not the monopoly of any single party," the Foreign Minister added. "We have a generation growing up that is afraid of a halachic (Torah -ed.) state and of political parties based on fear and hate. My job is to create the common ground and common denominator and is not an interest of a sector."

She called for unity, not only in terms of political parties but as a people with common values.

Throughout her speech to a predominantly nationalist and religious audience, she emphasized Judaism and spoke of her children who observe Jewish traditions on Yom Kippur and the Jewish New Year of Rosh HaShanah.

Referring to the political divide between nationalists and herself, she noted that years of refusal to make concessions have resulted in international demands that have forced political leaders "to run for compromise."

"I know to say ahead of time what are the compromises," pointing out her opposition to Palestinian Authority demands for the right of immigration to Israel of foreign Arabs who are descendants of families who left Israel during previous wars.