Livni: A Vote for Lapid Strengthens Netanyahu

Zionist Camp co-chair Tzipi Livni burns all bridges - attacks Netanyahu for trip to Washington, tells voters not to go with Lapid.

Cynthia Blank ,

Tzipi Livni
Tzipi Livni
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While Hatnua Chairwoman Tzipi Livni may agree with Yair Lapid's negative assessment of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, she is just as critical of the Yesh Atid Chairman. 

On Saturday night, Livni, running with Labor head Yitzhak Herzog as co-chairs of the Zionist Camp, attacked Netanyahu for his trip to Washington and his speech before the United States Congress. 

Like Lapid, who accused Netanyahu of putting his interest in political survival ahead of the state, the former Justice Minister said Netanyahu's trip was meant solely to serve his campaign. 

"Netanyahu is controlling the minds of the public, telling them that Israel's position is equivalent to that of Jews in Europe before the Holocaust," Livni asserted during an interview with Channel Ten.

"He is not going on a diplomatic mission. He is going for his own political mission," she stressed. 

Continuing the battle for left-center votes, Livni also attacked Lapid, arguing that people who intend to vote for Yesh Atid will end up with Netanyahu once again in office.

"Every vote to Lapid strengthens Netanyahu. There is no doubt that the only way to bring down Netanyahu is to give us the mandate to establish the government." 

"Whoever votes for Lapid takes the risk that the President will grant Netanyahu the right to form the next government," she added.

Both Lapid and Livni were part of Netanyahu's last government, until being dismissed from their ministerial positions by the Prime Minister. 

The Hatnua Chairwoman also addressed questions about whether her rotation deal with Herzog for prime minister will stand after the election. 

"We created the same hope and real chance through a partnership agreement that includes the rotation, [and to not do it] would only damage the public's trust in us." 

"Herzog would be a great prime minister even without me. But the public wants to see this partnership between us," she added.