Posted by ALEJANDRO HONEKER on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Tags: israel "middle east" "benjamin netanyahu" "tzipi livni" moderation peace iran palestine hatnuah
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But the fact that Mr. Netanyahu seems on route to victory tomorrow can be attributed to the irresponsibility of the centrist parties. They failed to provide a viable alternative to the Israeli electorate. Instead of leaving their differences aside, Labour, Kadima, HaTnuah and other centrist parties failed to reach an agreement to fight the election campaign together against the extremism of Netanyahu’s and Bennett’s agenda. Their inability to work together puts Israel’s and the region’s future at risk.
If we had a vote, we would give it to Tzipi Livni’s HaTnuah party. Ms. Livni was the only opposition figure who tried to unite the centrist parties in a coalition to defeat Netanyahu and the far right. The other centrist leaders rejected her idea. She should be supported by those Israelis who believe in liberty and peace.
We hope Israel continues to be a beacon of democracy and freedom in the Middle East and rejects the extremist agenda offered by Benjamin Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett.