Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni has lambasts Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arguing that his policies are leading Tel Aviv to a diplomatic downfall.
During a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting Tuesday, Netanyahu exchanged brickbats with the former foreign minister and criticized her views on weapons ‘pushed into the West Bank.’
“I understand that for you it’s enough to have a piece of paper vowing no missiles will enter PA (Palestinian Authority) territory. I was elected to make sure that things happen,” he claimed.
But the Kadima leader, cited for war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza, responded by saying, “If we’re talking about what the public chose, then political decency would require that after the election you act according to what you promised before it.”
Livni also said the Netanyahu was “blind” if he “doesn’t see that Israel’s standing in the world is deteriorating” due to his policies.
In a meeting called to mark the anniversary of the February 2009 parliamentary election late last month, Livni attacked Netanyahu as a “puny politician” and charged that the government was being run clumsily.
Relations between Likud and rival Kadima saw serious strains in December after Livni rejected Netanyahu’s proposal that offered her party seats in the cabinet.
Livni rejected the “dishonest” offer, accusing the prime minister of using “gutter politics” in his proposal in an effort to split Kadima.
Kadima, enjoying 28 representatives in the 120-member Israeli parliament, won the most seats in the 2009 election but fell from power as Livni failed in efforts to form a coalition government.