World Bulletin/News Desk
Israel's Justice Minister Tzipi Livni on Saturday lashed out at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying that his policies harmed Israel's ability to protect its own security.
Speaking in an interview with Israel's Channel 2, Livni said in the absence of peace, Israeli politicians ought to act with a sense of responsibility and avoid making "incendiary" announcements about new settlement projects.
She said these announcements harmed Israel's ability to protect its own security.
Livni was probably referring to an announcement by Netanyahu last week about a plan for the construction of 1,060 new settlements in occupied East Jerusalem.
She said the situation in Jerusalem had deteriorated noticeably since Israeli settlers kidnapped and killed a Palestinian boy on July 2.
Livni said Israelis should propose a new initiative for peace with the Palestinians themselves if they fail to return to the negotiating table with them.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Livni said, could choose where he led his people to, but Israel should not allow him to lead it.
Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking was abruptly suspended in July after Israel failed to honor its pledge to release a group of Palestinian prisoners.
The roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict date back to 1917, when the British government, in the now-famous "Balfour Declaration," called for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."
Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community.
Palestinians, for their part, continue to demand the establishment of an independent state in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
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