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Livni: Give up half of ‘Land of Israel’ for peace

Tzipi Livni,who hopes to be appointed Israel’s prime minister-designate,said Israel must give up considerable territory...

Written by Associated Press | Jerusalem | Published: February 18, 2009 12:43:42 am

Tzipi Livni,who hopes to be appointed Israel’s 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 today’s 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.

Livni’s centrist Kadima Party won one more seat than the hawkish Likud,led by Netanyahu. He opposes large-scale territorial concessions in peace talks.

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