'Now The Crazies Can Run Amok,' Mourns Livni

Newly dismissed justice minister says by sacking her, Netanyahu has gotten rid of the 'gatekeeper of democracy' in Israel.

Gil Ronen ,

Tzipi Livni
Tzipi Livni
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Newly dismissed Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) has fired back with angry sarcasm at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu after being dismissed on Tuesday in a move to disband the government.

“He has sacked – congratulations! – the gatekeeper of democracy and the constitution in the state of Israel,” she said Tuesday evening in a Channel 2 interview. “Congratulations. Now all the crazies can run amok.”

Livni fought back against an interviewers' hint that she could have averted the crisis if she had not fought against Netanyahu as openly as she did from inside his government.

“It is not our role to predict the future,” she explained. “It is our duty to fight for our goals from the offices that we hold, and Netanyahu's act today shows his own irresponsibility.”

While Livni's political future is uncertain, she has proven herself to be a skilled politician with keen survival instincts over the years. Polls currently show her Hatnua party teetering on the brink between the threshhold needed for entering the next Knesset with four MKs, and being left out of the Knesset completely. She is unlikely to maintain the six MKs she currently has and is even less likely to be a part of the next governing coalition.

The leftist parties perceived as centrist – Labor, Yesh Atid and Hatnua – are reportedly in the midst of discussions about the possibility of running as a political bloc with a common agenda in the upcoming election.

It appears that the parties will not formally merge, and recommending a single leader to head the bloc may be politically impossible, but they could commit to their voters that none of them will enter a coalition without the others.

Prime Minister Netanyahu enumerated some of Livni's disloyal actions as minister, when he conducted a live press conference Tuesday evening.

Livni, he reminded viewers, met with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas in May despite a security cabinet decision not to meet him. She and Yesh Atid's Yair Lapid spoke out against Israel's construction policies when they were in the United States, charged Netanyahu, who called the rogue ministers' behavior "subversion."