Livni: Bibi Should Thank Me for Turning to Kerry

Livni insists she was working in Israel's 'best interests' by turning to Kerry over PA UN bid, says she was doing PM's job for him.

Tova Dvorin, | updated: 22:26

Tzipi Livni
Tzipi Livni
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Former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni insisted that she turned to US Secretary of State John Kerry and urged him not to allow the Palestinian Authority (PA) draft resolution to go to a vote before elections "with Israel's interests in mind" during a Channel 10 interview Saturday night. 

"I turned to Kerry to safeguard the interests of the State of Israel, to prevent the world's coercion of Palestinian demands on Israel," Livni insisted. "I'm glad I did it and I'm glad that things I do have an impact on the world, what can not be said about Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu."

Livni then took her criticism one step further, taking the multiple statements by diplomats that she turned to Kerry to prevent Netanyahu and Economics Minister and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett from getting votes and claiming instead that they should "thank" her for doing their job for them.

"Netanyahu and Bennett instead of criticizing me, should call me and thank me for helping them in doing what they cannot," she declared.  

As for the US, Livni said that no country should interfere in the elections of any other country.

"As we do not interfere in the elections in the US, the US should not interfere in ours," she said. 

Multiple diplomats from the US and EU told Foreign Policy magazine over the weekend that Livni, along with former President Shimon Peres, turned to Kerry and asked him to postpone the vote to prevent Israel's political Left from being damaged in the March 2015 elections. 

The US State Department has yet to respond to the report, but it has - meanwhile - sparked outrage from several MKs and public officials, who have declared that Livni's latest move crosses red lines




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