Itongadol.- Justice Minister Tzipi Livni on Tuesday let loose at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the impending elections will "not be over zero value added tax," but over replacing a government she accused of "extremism, provocativeness and paranoia" without knowing how to fight terror while also "upholding freedom and Zionism."
Livni: New elections are to replace extremist, provocative, paranoid government
Livni, speaking at an Institute for National Security Studies conference, said she was going straight from her speech to meet with Netanyahu and that she "refused to compromise on any of the values that have guided me."
She accused the prime minister of "inciting sectors in Israel against each other," attacking his proposed law to define the Jewishness of the country as abandoning the idea of balancing Zionism with democratic principles.
Livni said that upholding democratic principles and engaging "those Palestinians who accept a two-state solution and refrain from terror" in real peace talks was critical to Israel gaining support for fighting terror with all of its might.
The justice minister said "we are clear on how much terrorists take advantage" of using human shields and breaking international law in urban settings.
But Livni said the state must be "partners with the whole world" in fighting terror and should continue to improve the operational and legal tools for dealing with asymmetric war used by terrorists like Hamas.
She also urged the country to avoid falling to a "religious war," the direction to which terror attacks in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, as well as extremists on the Israeli side, wish to drag things.
Livni slammed the world for "hypocrisy" in its equating Israel, "which tries to avoid casualties" and "only kills civilians by mistake" with Hamas, which "tries to kill civilians on purpose."
She finished calling on "middle Israel" to rise up in order to change the leadership of the state to act with more "statesmanship", better "guard the rule of law and the High Court," promising that this is what will happen in the impending elections.