Israel rules out peace deal in near future

October 12, 2010

A senior Israeli leader on Tuesday ruled out reaching a peace deal with the Palestinians in the near future.

Moshe Ya’alon, Israel’s vice prime minister and strategic affairs minister said that he saw no chance for such a deal soon.

“In the eyes of Palestinians, the occupation began in 1948 and not in 1967,” Ya’alon told Israeli 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 said, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

Ya’alon’s remarks were contrary to a stated commitment by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s on trying to reach an agreement within a year. 

The comments also came one day after the Palestinian Authority flatly rejected Netanyahu’s offer to suspend settlement construction in exchange for a guaranteed recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

The Palestinians demand an entire freeze to construction, and have said they will not resume talks until such a guarantee is made.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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