Israel Won't Halt Security Fence Work to Get Saudis to International Conference

[Jerusalem Post] Herb Keinon - Israel has no intention of stopping work on the security barrier to lure Saudi Arabia to the U.S.-sponsored conference on the Middle East later this year, senior diplomatic sources said Thursday in response to comments made by the Saudi foreign minister in New York. "Israel has its own security needs that we have to address," an official said. At the same time, the official characterized Prince Saud al-Faisal's comments, which included some upbeat remarks about the upcoming Mideast meeting, as "interesting," and added that Israel always listened to what the Saudis have to say. The New York Times reported Thursday that Faisal said Israel should stop work on the security barrier and stop settlement activity as good-will gestures to assure Arab states and show it was serious about comprehensive peace talks.

2007-09-28 01:00:00

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