I did not like the 2009 piece on the occupation; one of the key points that stuck out like a sore thumb was an interview Bob Simon conducted with Livni. In it she stated (paraphrased) that neither the settlers nor the colonies are an obstacle to peace because Israel is a democracy and if the Israeli government deems it necessary to remove them to achieve peace then the Israeli government will do so.
That, however, was hogwash for several reasons. As you know, it was under successive Labor governments that the colonial project in the occupied West Bank flourished. It was under both Labor, and Likud governments that the colonists were subsidized and granted incentives. In addition, Livni took advantage of the publicity stunt that Sharon carried out when he ‘evacuated’ the colonists from the Gaza Strip. After all, Israel did resettle those colonists in the occupied West Bank and reaped the fruits of the Gaza evacuation by settling greater numbers of colonists in the West Bank than it did in preceding years with nary a condemnation from the so-called international community.
Lastly, it was under her very own Labor government that a potential long-term peace deal with Palestinian representatives was blunted and denied. As the Palestine Papers showed, it was Livini who turned down Abbas’ concessions regarding territories in the Jerusalem area.
That is why I did not like that particular 60 Minutes report.