Wednesday 21 March 2018

Livni in threat to quit Israeli government

Tzipi Livni, Israel's chief peace negotiator, has threatened to quit Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government unless he clamps down on ideological hard-liners opposed to an agreement with the Palestinians.

The thinly-veiled ultimatum followed remarks from Danny Danon, the deputy defence minister, who said most of the government – including those in Mr Netanyahu's Likud party – were against a Palestinian state and would block its creation.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu is going to have to decide whether to let 'Danonism' get the upper hand in the discussions, or to allow those forces in Israel that realise that a peace agreement is an Israeli interest to make the decisions," Mrs Livni told journalists before a meeting of her Hatnua party.

"We will not remain in the government without a peace process." (Daily Telegraph, London)

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