Livni Lauded for Anti-Shalit Deal Stand

Terror victims' activist says Kadima head has been consistent in opposing the deal, unlike Likud MKs.

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Opposition head and Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni attacked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at week's end over the deal he signed for releasing Gilad Shalit, saying that it strengthened Hamas. 

Meir Indor, head of the Almagor terror victims' advocacy group, lauded Livni Sunday for her consistency on this matter.

"I am willing to tell you secrets from behind closed doors," Indor told Arutz Sheva, "about how all her detractors from Likud spoke when they met terror victims and how they are now making an about face."

"Livni is surprising me with her integrity in this matter," he added.

Indor said that Livni opposed the deal consistently when she was foreign minister under Ehud Olmert, and that she did so again a few months ago when she refused to sign a petition circulated by the Shalit HQ, which called on Netanyahu to do the deal.

"Hamas has grown stronger and gained legitimacy following the deal," Livni said Sunday. "Even the deal's supporters understand this. Israel is losing its deterrence capability today. When Hamas fires from Gaza it is unable to act against it as it did in the past…" 

She also said that as Hamas becomes stronger, the chances of striking a deal with the Palestinian Authority grow smaller.