Yacimovich: PM must not make Iran solely an Israeli problem (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 05/05/12)
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Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich said Saturday that the
government of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was "making a
terrible mistake by turning the Iranian threat into the central
problem of Israel."
Yacimovich said in an interview with Channel 2 that Iran should be
presented as the whole world´s problem, not merely an Israeli
problem. She stated that while "all options are on the table," a
military strike should always be the final option. The Labor leader
emphasized the importance of Israel being in complete coordination
with the United states on the Iranian issue.
In the lead up to early elections, expected to be called for
September 4 in the coming week, Yacimovich reiterated her contention
that she, and not Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz, is the only alternative
to Netanyahu. A Dahaf Institute poll sponsored by the Knesset Channel
showed Wednesday that Labor would take 17 mandates in the elections,
second to the Likud´s 31 projected mandates.
The former journalist rejected concerns that she lacked the political
experience to lead the country, saying US President Barack Obama had
less government experience than she did when he was elected in 2008.
Yacimovich failed to speak specifically about what her policy on Iran
would be, only saying that world powers were continuing to pressure
Iran on its nuclear program and sanctions against the Islamic
Republic had not yet been maximized. She called into question
Netanyahu´s decision-making on the Iran issue, saying that criticism
of the prime minister´s Iran policy from former senior defense
establishment officials was cause for concern.
When asked about the peace process with the Palestinians, Yacimovich
stated that while both the Israelis and the Palestinians shared
responsibility for the impasse in negotiations, she would immediately
launch direct talks with PA President Mahmoud Abbas if she were prime
Yacimovich said that the two-state solution remained the only viable
path to a peace agreement and referred to growing calls from both the
left and the right for one, bi-national state as "dangerous."
The Labor leader stated that while her goal was to replace Netanyahu
as prime minister, she would also be willing to join a social
democratic coalition with the Likud in the right circumstances. She
added that being opposition leader was also a great honor if it was
not possible to form a fitting coalition. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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