Top Livni Advisor Quits

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - Following a meeting with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Foreign Ministry Director General Aaron Abramovich announced his resignation from public office.

Abramovich, reportedly one of Livni's most trusted advisors, is expected to remain in his position until a new foreign minister is appointed, either in a Livni-led coalition or vis-à-vis general elections.

According to The Jerusalem Post, Abramovich was unable to resolved intrinsic personal and administrative problems in the ministry.

Abramovich was appointed director general of the Foreign Ministry in 2001.

Meanwhile, Livni rejected an ultimatum by ultra-left Meretz party officials to fire Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann as a prerequisite to joining the coalition.

"You cannot tell me who to appoint," she told a Meretz member, according to her aides.

On erev Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets) Wednesday, Livni and her husband, Naftali Spitzer, hosted Defense Minister and Labor party chairman Ehud Barak -- a key member of Livni's coalition plans -- and his wife, Nili Priell, for the holiday meal.

"There is a good atmosphere, but our requests are not being answered," Barak's spokesman said following the evening.

The Labor party is now talking about early elections rather than joining a Livni-led government.

Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon, a close colleague of Barak, said Thursday early elections would be preferable for the country.

"I think it would be right to advance elections," Simhon said.

"I say this from Labor's point of view on the one hand and on the other hand, out of consideration for what is good for Israel," he said.

Days after winning the Kadima primaries, Livni announced that Labor would join her government as a senior coalition partner, but they've been unable to work through the fine print.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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