Hatnu'a Chairwoman Tzipi Livni harshly criticized the Likud Monday, following a statement made by Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar, who said that the creation of a Palestinian state was never part of the party's platform.
Speaking to students at Bar Ilan University, Livni said that Sa'ar's statement, "proves that the Bar Ilan speech, which has become the leading media spin of the past few years, was nothing more than lip service. "
"The Likud-Beiteinu ticket refuses to introduce into its platform the same agenda that Netanyahu held up for the world to see, the one he used to try to convince us how moderate he is, and how much he wants peace," she said.
"Today, the entire world knows that it was nothing more than lip service – a mask Netanyahu wore around the world to make pretty speeches. These are the words he never wanted to say but had to, because the world pressured him to do so. These are the words he refused to live up to and these are the words he is burying today," she added.
In response, the Likud-Beitenu campaign issued the following statement:
"It is amazing to see how quickly Livni sides with the Palestinians. You have to be deaf and blind not to see and hear what is going on in Gaza and the region, and insist on running towards a security and political abyss."
"When will Livni admit that her political blindness endangers Israel? Will it be when Hamas controls Judea and Samaria? Also, for Livni's information – the joint political platform has yet to be released," the statement concluded.