Livni brands road map peace plan as 'bad' for Israel
Opposition leader accuses Netanyahu government of foot-dragging on peace talks with Palestinians.
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Tuesday called the road map peace plan "bad" for Israel, in the wake of Foreign Minster Avigdor Lieberman's repeated statements in support of the United Nations-backed initiative.
She said Israel should rather opt for the Annapolis parameters, launched in 2007, which stipulate direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
"According to the plan, a final-status agreement will only be reached in its third stage; as such, there will be an excuse not to talk. Refraining from talking will bring us to a situation in which we won't have a partner for talks," Livni, the Kadima chairwoman, told Army Radio.
Lieberman on Tuesday reiterated his support for the plan, which was approved with reservations by former prime minister Ariel Sharon in 2003, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to adopt the initiative.
"Of all the international initiatives, [the road map] is the alternative that best suits our interests," Lieberman told Army Radio.
In an interview with Army Radio, Livni also accused Netanyahu's government of foot-dragging over the renewal of peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.
"This government doesn't want to speak. The government is dragging its feet in an attempt to refrain from renewing contacts with the Palestinians," she said.
Her comments came despite a declaration by Netanyahu during a trip to the United States last week that Israel was prepared to relaunch peace talks with the Palestinian Authority immediately.