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May 12, 2013 10:04 am

Israeli Opposition Leader Meets With Abbas in Ramallah

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Israeli Labor party leader Shelly Yachimovich.

Israel’s Opposition leader Shelly Yachimovich (Labor), met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah Sunday, Israeli media has reported.

The two discussed the situation in the Middle East and the possibility of progressing beyond the stalemate in the talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Yachimovich reportedly told Abbas “this is the time to respond to the mediation efforts  of the United States to renew talks.”

Yachimovich told Abbas that the Labor Party is committed to the “peace process” and to the “two state solution,” and emphasized that Israel’s greatest interest is in the security of its citizens.

She also said she told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the opposition would provide him with a coalitional safety net should he take steps toward a political settlement with the Palestinian Authority.

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    In a democracy the public should force all political participants to play by the rules or they should be forced to exit the political arena.

    Yachimovich has chosen (like Yossi Beilen, Tzipi Livni,and certain other out of power political figures before her) to circumvent and undermine the elected government of Israel. They have certainly undercut Israel’s bargaining position and perceived resolve in the eyes of the Arab community.

  • Salomon

    Yachi is a shame for women in politics…OK! Livni is a shame too…
    Both are blonds?

  • Al Talena

    Did Ms. Yachimovich speak to the PM before her meeting with abass or is this a maverick act like Peres did while Shamir was PM. Nothing like undermining the elected gov’t

    • jerry hersch

      In any event… keeping a door open, even a quirky one like Dennis Rodman, tells opponents that there is always a discussion door open-no matter the level.. international,national,…business or personal
      Besides contact is continual and constant on many issues of joint immediate concern