Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 3 hours, 18 minutes ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
HOME LOCAL MIDEAST ASIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORT OPINION WRITERS
Complete peace deal with Abbas, Tel Aviv urged
December 31, 2012
 Print    Send to Friend

TEL AVIV: President Shimon Peres on Sunday urged Israel to resume peace talks with the Palestinians, saying their President Mahmoud Abbas was a willing partner with whom an agreement could be reached.    

Speaking with Israeli diplomats at his occupied Jerusalem residence, Peres said the only way Israel could positively affect the fluctuating reality in the region was “to complete the peace agreement with the Palestinians.”    

“I know there are different opinions,” he said. “This is not a matter of ideology, this is a matter of appraising” the situation.    

“I have known Abu Mazen for 30 years, and nobody will change my opinion of him,” Peres continued, using Abbas’s nom de guerre.    

“I know there is criticism of things Abu Mazen said,” Peres continued, but  “there is currently no other Arab leader who is saying he is in favour of peace, against terror, in favour of a demilitarised state, and of the  Palestinian consensual right of return.”     “There is not much time left,” he warned.   

Talks between the Israel and the Palestinians have been on hold since  September 2010, with the Palestinians insisting on a settlement freeze before  returning to the negotiating table and the Israelis insisting on no  preconditions.    

Following last month’s historic United Nations vote giving the Palestinians  upgraded status in the world body, Israel announced a new spate of settlement  building in the West Bank and Israeli-annexed Arab East Jerusalem.    

Peres’s remarks elicited a harsh response from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, which is contesting Jan.22 elections on a joint list with ex-foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman’s ultra-nationalist Yisrael  Beitenu party.    

“It is very saddening that the president chose to express a personal political opinion that is contrary to the Israeli public’s stance on Abu Mazen,  the peace refuser,” a statement from the party read.   

“The prime minister has called on Abu Mazen to return to the negotiating table dozens of times,” it read, saying the Palestinian leader “prefers to join  forces with Hamas and act against Israel in every possible sphere.”    

Lieberman has consistently said Abbas  is not interested in reaching a peace deal with Israel.    

He has also described Abbas as an obstacle to negotiations, suggesting it  would be better for the president to step down. 

Agence France-Presse
 

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments
 
Post a comment
 
Name:
Country:
City:
Email:
Comment:
 
    
    
Related Stories
Palestinians weigh new peace bid
RAMALLAH: The Palestinians are looking to reactivate peace talks with Israel with the aim of resolving all final status issues within six months, a senior official said o..
US seeks to revive Mideast dialogue
WASHINGTON: The Obama administration sought to direct Israel and the Palestinians back towards direct peace talks, even as the two sides and much of the world seemed to b..
Two-state solution needed more than ever: Ban
VIENNA: UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for renewed efforts to achieve a two-state solution in the Middle East following last week’s ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. ..
Palestinian minister confident on status
WARSAW: Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al Malki said on Monday he is certain Palestinians will muster the simple majority needed to win non-member status in the Unite..
 
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright