Israel’s political strategy need not change

Tuesday, October 24, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said in a speech yesterday that Israel does not have to change its political strategy to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because of the Lebanon war.

“The statements saying that ‘we left Gaza and got Kassam attacks and we left Lebanon and got the Hizballah and so we must not withdraw from any other lands’ is simply wrong. The strategic reality has not changed and Israel must set its policy based on the objectives: the top objective of Israel as a national home for the Jews and a Palestinian state as a national home for the Palestinians. There is no connection between the results of the war in Lebanon and the West Bank.”

Livni added that a vast majority of Israelis today agree with the solution of two states for two peoples. She added that most of the parties, including Lieberman’s “Israel Our Home” party, agree on this issue, the only difference is in the way to achieve it.

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