JERUSALEM: US Mideast envoy George Mitchell pressed the two-state solution on Thursday to skeptical officials in Israel. Both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman opposes a Palestinian state.
– US policy focuses on the two-state solution, Mitchell told reporters after holding talks in Jerusalem with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has refused to endorse the US-sponsored Annapolis peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
George Mitchell was to travel to Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Friday for meetings with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, who has insisted that the new Israeli cabinet commit itself to a two-state solution before the two sides can resume any talks.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, said that «The peace process has reached a dead end» and that «The new Israeli government will have to formulate new ideas and approaches» according to a statement from his office.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has explained to the new US Government that there can not be held negotiations on how to achieve peace in the Middle East, before Israel gets peace partners that recognizes the state of Israel´s right to exist. This is a demand that the free and democratic World should support. If Israel agrees to a two-state solution before Hamas recognizes the state of Israel´s right to exist, such a move will be suicidal for Israel.
No nations on Planet earth can give Israel a guaranty, that Hamas will not take the control over a new state in the Jewish Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria, by the secular World called the West Bank. If the World leaders had this as their political agenda for the peace process in the Middle East, they would not allowed Hamas to come to power in Gaza in the first place.
Source: Agence France-Presse