Israel Will Accept Palestinian State, Rejects Syria Talks

[Bloomberg] Gwen Ackerman and Jonathan Ferziger - "We do want to see peace and do understand that long-term peace and stability will entail a two-state solution," Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon said in an interview Sunday. Israel will honor the previous government's commitments and accept the 2002 Roadmap peace plan, which calls for the creation of a Palestinian state, he said. However, "under the present circumstances I think it would be ill-advised," for Israel to hold talks with Syria. "We would like to have assurances that at the end of the day the Syrians will stop supporting terror and also, no less importantly, the very radical regime in Tehran." Iran is "trying to derail" any progress toward peace, Ayalon said, by supporting Hamas in Gaza and Hizbullah in Lebanon.

2009-05-04 06:00:00

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