Sunday, March 14, 2010

Netanyahu's "weakness"

A casual observer might ascribe the the Israeli government's announced approval of 1600 new housing units in East Jerusalem in the midst of Biden's visit to Israel as a sign of the Netanyahu government's aggressive contempt for U.S. attempts to influence Israeli policy (notwithstanding Netanyahu's claim to have been blindsided).

That's not how Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni -- defeated by Netanyahu by a razor-thin margin in the last election -- is casting it. Haaretz reports:
Opposition leader and Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni on Sunday cast her own criticism of Netanyahu regarding the recent row, saying his weakness to his coalition partners was costing the government its stability.

"The coalition agreement is not a substitute for a set path and a vision," Livni said, adding that "we have a prime minister who does not know what he wants and this weakness is leading to a political landslide."

"Israel is paying the price for the fact that her government is not making decisions and it will continue to pay for it," Livni added.
"It is not God's decree for the world to be against us," said the opposition leader. "We can change the reality, but for this we need a prime minister who has a clear policy and strategic path, who doesn't place national security in the hands of [Interior Minister] Eli Yishai.

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