Yacimovich Blasts Netanyahu Peacemaking Strategy

YERUSHALAYIM -

The center-left leader whom Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been trying to persuade to join his coalition lashed out at him with a scathing denunciation of his peacemaking efforts on Wednesday, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Labor party leader Shelly Yacimovich said that Netanyahu was merely “modeling” a diplomatic process with the Palestinians to impress President Barack Obama and had no intention of pursuing a “real peace process.”

Yacimovich told Israel Radio the coalition agreement signed between Tzipi Livni’s Movement party and Likud-Beiteinu was motivated by “political survival,” and not ideology.

Yacimovich reiterated that there was a “massive gap” in the positions of Labor and Likud-Beiteinu that are making it impossible for her to join the coalition.

She explained that, while Netanyahu believes in “austerity,” and putting the largest burden on the poor and the middle class, the Labor party believes the opposite, “that the middle class is the engine that moves the economy” and should be invested in.