Livni: Lapid’s Remarks on Peace Talks Don’t Reflect Israeli Policies

Justice Minister says Yair Lapid's remarks on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations do not coincide with his party's prior election promises, do not further peace talks.

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Justice Minister Tzipi Livni leveled criticism on Monday at the statements made by Yair Lapid on the topic of negotiations with the Palestinians in an interview for The New York Times.

"Lapid's texts do not coincide with his party's elections promises," NRG quoted her as saying. "[His] comments, made on such a delicate week, do not promote the peace process. I hope Yesh Atid will eventually also join the push for peace," she said.

In a recent interview for The New York Times which focused on negotiations with the Palestinians, Treasury Minister Yair Lapid stated he felt Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is not a partner for peace, calling him "one of the founding fathers of the victimizing concept of the Palestinians."

"Lapid said in the interview that he would not stop the so-called 'natural expansion' of settlements in the West Bank, nor curtail the financial incentives offered [to] Israelis to move there", The New York Times wrote. "He said the large swaths of land known as East Jerusalem that Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 war and later annexed must stay Israeli because 'we didn’t come here for nothing.'”

Upon the formation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's current government, Tzipi Livni was named the government’s chief negotiator with the Palestinians.

Tzipi Livni and John Kerry.Credit: Reuters

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