Interview: Tzipi Livni

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Interview: Tzipi Livni

Goldberg, Interview Michelle, Newsweek

Byline: Interview by Michelle Goldberg

As President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spar over a plan for the Middle East, Israel's opposition leader talks about her country's future and her own.

Are you worried about tension between the Israeli government and President Obama?

The last thing that Israel needs is to be part of the internal agenda in the United States between Republicans and Democrats. The relations with Israel should be bipartisan, and I hope that this is how it will be in the future.

Has the marriage of rivals Fatah and Hamas affected your faith in negotiations with the Palestinians?

It's not a marriage yet. It's only an engagement. The government has not been established yet. It was bad news, this agreement. But I think we need to ask ourselves, how can we work with those who hopefully are willing to end the conflict with us?

What do you make of the Palestinian plan to seek a unilateral declaration of statehood from the U.N. in September?

I believe that the goal is to achieve peace and to end the conflict, and I don't think that September is going to help in achieving peace. The real question is not who is right and who is wrong but, can we create a different trend?

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