Tzipi Livni promises not to build settlements

Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni claims Israel's government is leaving democracy behind, promises not to build settlements.

Hezki Baruch,

Tzipi Livni
Tzipi Livni
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MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) on Saturday slammed the Israeli government for approving new housing units in Judea and Samaria.

"The settlements do not add to Israel's security," Livni said. "The State's concept of security is based on soldiers protecting civilians, and not their protecting a family which goes to live on an isolated hilltop as if doing so protects us. The IDF today must protect the settlers, who live in isolated settlements. These settlements cause the world to boycott us."

"Israel is divided on two ways of continuing. My way is the road to a Jewish and democratic state, and I stop at the point where we separate from the Palestinians. If we can't reach an agreement with them, I will take certain steps: I won't build settlements, and certainly not on the other side of our security fence. I won't send young couples to live in places from which, if we reach an agreement, they may be evacuated. I will try to bring the world to recognize the borders we create if we don't have a partner for peace.

"The 'Waze stop' at which Israel's government has stopped, is one where we separate from democracy, because democracy gets in the way. That is why the government is attacking the Supreme Court and those who guard democracy."