Tzipi Livni said the peace process will move forward and that Israel can face challenges better with a stable government.
The Israeli prime minister-designate, who is working to form a new government coalition, made her first national policy address Sunday at the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s conference on policy and strategy.
“Israel wishes to arrive at peace with all of her neighbors — the Palestinians, Syria, Lebanon and the Arab nations,” Livni said. “We have proven our willingness not only by embarking on diplomatic processes but by evacuating Gaza.”
She added: “The process should continue and we should press ahead and conduct ourselves correctly. Don’t let incidental dates or political changes get in the way of a responsible process.”
Livni said the government must achieve both financial and political stability, and took a swipe at other political parties that are making budgetary demands in order to agree to join the coalition.
“We must maintain financial stability and in order to safeguard [the economy], we must also preserve the political balance; we must achieve political stability quickly,” Livni said. “Therefore, we are in need of a government that will maintain the equilibrium, a government that can transcend partisan demands.”
Earlier at the same conference, Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that Israel had failed to live up to the commitments it made at the Annapolis peace summit in 2007.
“We believed in what was promised — that this year would be different,” he said. “But we are already in October, and we are losing hope that by the end of the year we will see the establishment of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel and the end of the occupation.”
Al-Maliki warned that the failure to come to a peace agreement would lead to the domination of Hamas and a return to violence.