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Mesika: Livni Appointment Strategic Error, Political Folly

Mesika: To let Tzipi Livni conduct these negotiations, is like saying that a serious traffic offender can be the police chief of traffic.
By Arutz Sheva staff
First Publish: 2/22/2013, 3:43 AM

Gershon Mesika
Gershon Mesika
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The head of the Shomron Regional Council, Gershon Mesika, on Thursday condemned the agreement whereby Tzipi Livni will serve as Justice Minister and will be in charge of the negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

"To let Tzipi Livni conduct these negotiations, is like saying that a serious traffic offender can be the police chief of traffic" said Mesika. "We all still remember the folly of the Annapolis conference. Tzipi Livni is currently the most extreme representative of the Oslo concept aura, and the only one who still speaks about it, while even Meretz keeps it hidden today."

Mesika emphasized that Livni's appointment is both "an international strategic error and political folly."

"Tzipi Livni will not only not help Netanyahu in the least, but will also make things harder for him in the world, again and again,” he said. “After years of effort the Prime Minister managed to present Abu Mazen to the world as an instigator and obstacle to peace. Tzipi Livni will turn Netanyahu into that."

"I call on the Likud, Jewish Home and the hareidi parties to sit down together in one room until there's white smoke and to solve the disputes between them agreeably. This is the real partnership the State of Israel needs," Mesika added.