Jerusalem — One of Israel’s most prominent dovish politicians, former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, said on Monday she is leaving politics and warned “democracy is in danger”. A former peace negotiator with the Palestinians, Livni won recognition abroad for her part in US-brokered talks that aimed to end the decades-old conflict and which collapsed in 2014. However, her career has foundered in recent years, along with the Middle East peace process. The US is aiming to present a new peace plan after Israel’s April 9 election, though expectations of a breakthrough are low.

“I am leaving politics but I will not let Israel abandon the hope for peace,” a tearful Livni told a televised news conference in Tel Aviv. “These past years have been hard for me and for the things I believed in … peace became a dirty word, and democracy is in danger,” she said, citing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s criticism of legal authorities conducting corruption probes against him and attacks he ha...

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