Israel: Time to Begin Direct Negotiations Without Preconditions

(Reuters) Tessa Unsworth and Labib Nasir - Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said in an interview: "Why hasn't there been any progress? Because the Palestinians have not resigned themselves to the fact that in order to sort out all the issues between us we have to sit, we have to talk, and we have to do it directly, without preconditions." "If we arrange all the details before negotiations, what are the negotiations for?...If they want to know in advance what will be the agreement, then why should we even meet?" Israel also has "a lot of grievances," said Ayalon. It would like to know the Palestinians are going to change school curricula to end the "culture of hate." It would like to know the security arrangements "so that terrorists will not be able to pop up again once they take over sovereignty."

2010-07-22 08:05:33

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