The First Lady of the Left joins Netanyahu's coalition
The former Israeli opposition leader and staunch leftist, Tzipi Livni, has agreed to join Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's right-wing coaltion to stay in power, the BBC reported on Wednesday.
Livni, who currently heads the centrist Hatnua party, will take the role of chief negotiator with the Palestinians. The former Kadima party leader has repeatedly called for a halt to settlements in the West Bank as part of a two-state solution.
However, the different stances between Mrs. Livni and the prime minister have led to criticism of the Hatnua party leader in the Israeli press. Livni has previously accused Netanyahu of "extremism" in his policies towards the Palestinians.
Local political commentator, Sima Kadmon, wrote that Livni "is going to become exactly what she announced she would not be, namely a fig leaf in Netanyahu's government".
Livni, for her part, has been adamant that she is not betraying her voters and shares "a common goal" with Netanyahu.