The Jewish Home party on Saturday night launched a scathing attack against Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, in the wake of her meeting in London with Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
“Tzipi Livni has long ago lost contact with the Israeli electorate, and with her latest meetings she finally turned into a satellite that has lost all contact with the Earth,” the party said in a statement.
“Tzipi Livni voted in favor of the cessation of the contacts with the Hamas-Fatah alliance, then flew to London to violate that same decision. If it's hard for her to accept the decisions of the government, the door for her to leave is open.”
Earlier Saturday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu distanced himself from the meeting between Livni and Abbas, which was held on Thursday.
Sources in the prime minister's office said that Netanyahu made it clear to Livni that she would be representing only herself, and not the Israeli government.
The prime minister reiterated that the position of the government, as passed unanimously by the security cabinet, is not to negotiate with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas, which he restated is "a terrorist organization that declares its intentions to destroy the state of Israel."
Livni had also met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry earlier on Thursday, in what was described as a chance encounter given that both were in London at the same time, and not a planned attempt to restart the peace talks.
Kerry’s meeting with Livni came one day after he met PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in London for what was described as “informal talks”.
Despite the talks breaking down, Kerry has always remained optimistic that they will restart. His spokeswoman has denied that Kerry’s efforts to secure a peace treaty had failed, saying instead that the talks are in a “moment of transition”.