BBC Interviewer Asks Israel’s Livni: Would You Consider Your Parents Terrorists? (VIDEO)
A journalist for the BBC asked Israeli lawmaker Tzipi Livni on Tuesday if she believed her parents were terrorists because they fought for the Irgun.
Livni, a former foreign and justice minister, replied coolly, “no.”
“There’s a huge difference between those fighting an army, the British army, and between all these terrorist organizations in our region, that are looking for civilians to kill,” she said.
The interviewer followed up with questions about Israel’s use of “disproportionate force” during the Jewish state’s war with Hamas last summer in Gaza.
At one point, the journalist, Evan Davis, seems to be trying to get Livni — who mentioned that she has had to travel to the U.K. twice under diplomatic immunity over her role in the earlier 2008 war with Hamas in Gaza — to say the ratio of Palestinian civilian deaths to Israeli civilian deaths in last year’s 50-day war.
“I was minister of justice in the last operation, and each and every action of the Israeli army was supervised by the attorney general and others inside the army and outside the army,” said Livni.
“We have our own defense system. We have Iron Dome that protects us … The fact that [Hamas] did not succeed [in inflicting more civilian casualties], does it mean that we should live under this threat as an ongoing threat, when we are in a cabinet meeting or when the prime minister is speaking with the President of the United States and then we hear the siren and he goes to the shelter. Is this normal life to you?” she said.
She related an incident in which a letter was found on a Palestinian terrorist in Gaza that instructed him to find and stand near civilians if he is approached by Israeli soldiers because they will be less likely to attack.
“It’s unfair, it’s unjust,” said Livni, now the co-chairperson of the largest opposition party in Israel, the Zionist Union.
Watch the video of Livni’s interview below: