Oct 12, 2010
Vice Prime Minister and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Tuesday that he saw “no chance of reaching a peace deal with the Palestinians in the near future”.
“In the eyes of Palestinians, the occupation began in ’48 and not in ’67,” Ya’alon told Army Radio. “Not only Hamas thinks this – Abu Mazen [Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas] does too.”
“Their refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state shows they have no interest in having Israel as a state beside theirs,” he added.
The remarks made by Ya’alon, a former chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, to Army Radio appear contrary to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stated commitment on trying to reach an agreement within a year.
This article was posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 9:37 am