Livni refuses unity offer


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Tzipi Livni said her party will not join a unity government after Benjamin Netanyahu refused to commit to a two-state solution.

Kadima, who heads Kadima, met with the prime minister-designate Feb. 27 in Tel Aviv. It was the second meeting in a week for the two leaders.

During the meeting, Netanyahu reportedly offered Livni two of the three top ministerial positions.

"Two states is not an empty slogan," Livni said following the meeting. "Unity is not just sitting in a government together. It also means sharing a way."

Livni promised to serve as a "responsible opposition" and to support "any right moves" by the government. 

Kadima leaders, including Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, are urging Livni to set up negotiating teams with Likud to jointly formulate the new government’s platform, something Livni has discounted as long as Netanyahu refuses to explicitly state his commitment to a two-state solution. Many Kadima members want to join a unity government.

Netanyahu said he would commit to promote negotiations with the Palestinians, as well as promote civil marriage and a change in the governmental system.

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