|Once promoted by the New York Times Magazine as Israel's peacemaker extraordinaire, Tzipi Livni now finds that the Palestinians have rejected and banished even her.|
The Palestinians' New Enemy: Tzipi Livni - Khaled Abu Toameh
The Palestinians are angry with Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who heads the Israeli team to the peace talks, for daring to criticize PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
The PA leadership is now saying that Livni must be replaced. In an interview last Saturday, Livni announced that Abbas' positions are "not only unacceptable to us, but to the whole world, and if he continues to stick to them, then the Palestinians will be the ones to pay the price."
Livni's statement has been misinterpreted by Palestinians as a threat to eliminate Abbas. The[ir] goal is to make Abbas appear as a "martyr" who paid a heavy price for standing up to Israel and the US. After Livni made her statement, several PA officials and organizations responded by accusing her of "incitement."
The attacks on Livni correspond with a campaign being waged by Palestinians against U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Over the past few weeks, many Palestinian groups have been waging protests against Kerry's efforts.