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Livni says fat chance of joining unity gov’t

Tzipi Livni hints on a Channel 2 interview that the Zionist Union will not join a unity government with Likud.

“We are not partners to the vision of Bibi-Bennett, certainly not after the last few days when Netanyahu announced he will be blocking any path to an agreement,” she says.

Tzipi Livni and Isaac Herzog of Zionist Union present their party's "Responible Leadership in Israel" agenda, at a press conference in Tel Aviv on March 08, 2015.(photo credit: FLASH90)
Tzipi Livni and Isaac Herzog of Zionist Union present their party’s “Responible Leadership in Israel” agenda, at a press conference in Tel Aviv on March 08, 2015.(photo credit: FLASH90)

“As a rule, we all need to wait for the day after the election for the results and I believe the largest party should be given the task of establishing a coalition,” Livni says.

When the Kadima party headed by Livni won with the most seats, she did not succeed in building a coalition, and then president Shimon Peres appointed Netanyahu to establish a government.

Asked whether the idea of a rotating prime minister (Isaac Herzog to serve as PM for two years, then Tzipi Livni would take over for the remaining two years) distances voters, Livni says “giving up on rotation will not help us win but the opposite.”

She adds that during campaign tours of Israel she and Isaac Herzog both separately hear from voters ‘I’d vote for you if not for the other one’ and adds that this is why forgoing the rotation would not lure more voters but push voters away.

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