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Report: Livni Undermining Netanyahu on Recognition

Justice Minister reportedly told Arabs negotiations can resume even if they don't recognize Israel as Jewish state.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 4/8/2013, 8:45 AM

Netanyahu, Livni (file)
Netanyahu, Livni (file)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is also in charge of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, is going behind Prime Minister Netanyahu's back and expressing positions that undermine his conditions for negotiations, according to Maariv.

Livni has shown willingness to retreat from Netanyahu's position, that in order for negotiations to begin, the Palestinian Authority (PA) must accept that Israel has a right to exist as the Jewish state.

The newspaper quoted a Western source who is well-versed in the diplomatic contacts as saying that Livni "has become convinced that Israel's insistence on this condition could prevent the resumption of negotiations, and did not rule out the position presented to her, according to which the most Israel can receive from Abu Mazen is a recognition of the solution of two states for two peoples."

Abu Mazen is the "kunya" name of PA chairman, Mahmoud Abbas.

Maariv said that it has yet to receive Livni's reaction to the claim.

Likud sources have said that Livni's true power to shape the diplomatic process is "fictional" and that she cannot hold diplomatic meetings without the presence of Netanyahu's trusted representative, Attorney Yitzchak Molcho.