Israeli election to be referendum on land-for-peace process

Wednesday, November 05, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, head of the ruling Kadima Party, said on Monday that Israel's upcoming national election will be a referendum on the land-for-peace process, but then failed to define where she and her party stand on the relevant issues.

Speaking at a Kadima faction meeting, Livni was quoted by Army Radio as saying Israel is "in a situation in which the Right wants to put a stop to everything and the Left may want to give up everything."

Livni then tried to paint Kadima under her leadership as the pragmatic middle-of-the-road choice, stating that the party will "continue the peace process in an intelligent and responsible manner that preserves Israel's interests."

She did not elaborate on her actual positions regarding future withdrawals from the Golan Heights, Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem in line with Arab demands.

Livni is scheduled to take part in a gathering in Egypt next week marking the one-year anniversary of the Annapolis peace summit, and insists that she will resist pressure to conclude a hasty interim peace agreement with the Palestinians prior to Israel's February election.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party also hit the campaign trail this week.

Netanyahu displayed an impressive list of popular politicians and public figures who will be joining or returning to Likud for the upcoming election, including Natan Sharansky, Benny Begin, Uzi Dayan and former IDF chief Moshe Ya'alon.

Senior Likud lawmaker Gideon Sa'ar told Ynet that polls consistently show majority support for Likud and Netanyahu as people are fed up with the repeated disasters that Kadima-led withdrawals and failed war efforts have visited on the nation.

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