"We Don't Want to See the Conflict Destroy Our Future"



By: DAN VERBIN  
Published: April 23rd 2010
in News » Israel

Israeli President Shimon Peres
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When Israeli President Shimon Peres met with US Middle East envoy George Mitchell on Friday, his message was that neither Israelis nor Palestinians want the peace process to be put on hold.

 

During the meeting, Peres and Mitchell discussed the best way to resume negotiations with the Palestinians. Peres called Mitchell’s trip to the area a “symbolic green light” to press ahead with peace.

 

"We are committed to peace, and those who don't understand the seriousness of our intentions are blind to reality," said Peres. "There is no point in... a 'waiting list' on peace, both as far as we are concerned and as far as the Palestinians are concerned. Your arrival in the region is a green light to move forward."

 

Peres remarked that if Palestinians are doubtful about Israel’s thirst for peace, they only need to look at peace agreements Israel has signed with Jordan and Egypt.

 

He described peace as indispensable for Israelis and Palestinians: “Not only because we don't want to govern another people, but because we don't want to see the conflict destroy our future.”

 

Earlier in the day, Mitchell held a discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Prime Minister told Mitchell that Israeli aims to restart the stalled peace process and is hopeful that the Palestinian Authority will respond in kind.

 

"I look forward to working with the Obama administration to move peace forward," said Netanyahu at the meeting. "We are serious about it, we know you are serious about it and we hope the Palestinians respond."

 

According to the Associated Press, the Prime Minister’s office described the meeting as a success, although there was no announcement of a new round of discussions. The men will be meeting again on Sunday.

 

Earlier on Friday, Mitchell met with Defense Minister Ehud Barak. After his discussions with Israeli leaders, Mitchell is scheduled to meet with Palestinian leadership, including President Mahmoud Abbas, as part of indirect negotiations which will see him shuttling between both parties.




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