Daily Israel Report

Livni: I'm Here to Stay

Hatnua chairwoman Tzipi Livni dispels rumors that she will quit if she is not appointed a minister in the next government.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 1/16/2013, 1:17 AM

Livni at a pub in Modi'in
Livni at a pub in Modi'in
Hatnua

Hatnua chairwoman Tzipi Livni visited a pub in the city of Modi'in on Tuesday evening, where she indicated that she does not intend to quit politics after next week's election, even if she is not appointed to be a Cabinet minister.

"I came back to politics to fight for you and for your future," Livni said, adding, "I'm here to stay, contrary to the political spins by two entities."

Livni was thus seeking to dispel accusations that were recently leveled at her, particularly by Yesh Atid (Future) chairman Yair Lapid.

Lapid wrote on his Facebook several weeks ago, "Livni's plan, according to which she would be an alternative to Netanyahu, collapsed and crumbled into dust, and she will not sit in the Knesset as the head of an opposition party with eight seats. Instead she will do what she always does - go home."

During her pub appearance on Tuesday, Livni said, "These elections are a battle over Israel, and the only way to stop the deterioration, both political and economic, is to renew peace negotiations. This is the only way to keep Israel a Jewish and democratic state."

She also took the opportunity to slam Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Labor leader Shelly Yechimovich.

"The provocations of the Netanyahu government do not serve Israel - the louder he speaks about construction in E1 and continues to defy the world, not only will he ultimately not build there, but will actually endanger the places that undoubtedly should be a part of Israel," said Livni. "You will determine the amount of power that I will have to change this reality."

As for Yechimovich, Livni said the Labor leader "thinks it's good for Netanyahu when the agenda is a political one and therefore she is not engaged in it at all. We cannot leave the country in the hands of those who have no idea or experience in managing political negotiations and who have never made such decisions."