Israel: No Fresh Peace Talks Unless Gaza Report Is Dropped

[DPA] Israel said Wednesday that it would not renew peace talks with the Palestinians unless a UN report accusing it of having committed war crimes during last winter's Gaza war was dropped. "As long as the Goldstone report is on the table and everywhere they are quoting it and supporting it - also states that are considered our friends - we cannot make progress in the peace process," Israel's ambassador to the UN Gabriella Shalev said. "We will not sit at the table and will not talk with bodies and people who accuse us of war crimes. That is simply unacceptable," she told Israel Radio. "If they expect us to renew the peace process and to freeze settlements, we expect the international community to enable us to take risks (for peace) and not deny us - as this report does - our right to self-defense."

2009-10-14 06:00:00

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