Tzipi Livni,who hopes to be appointed Israels prime minister-designate,said Israel must give up considerable territory in exchange for peace with the Palestinians,drawing a clear distinction with her rival,Benjamin Netanyahu.
She told a convention of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Organizations,We need to give up half of the Land of Israel, using a term that refers to biblical borders that include todays Israel,the West Bank and Gaza. She explained that such a withdrawal would be for the good of Israel,to maintain it as a Jewish state. Livni told the US Jewish leaders that Israel must take the initiative and come forward with its own peace plan to head off international programs.
Livnis centrist Kadima Party won one more seat than the hawkish Likud,led by Netanyahu. He opposes large-scale territorial concessions in peace talks.