US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the weekend announced the impending resumption of direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Israel hailed the development as a significant achievement, but the Palestinians were already throwing cold water on the talks before they ever began.
Clinton told a press conference in Washington that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas had been invited to the US capital in September 2 to officially relaunch direct talks, and that she believed the negotiations on a final status peace agreement could be “completed within a year.”
Netanyahu’s Likud Party issued a statement welcoming the final resumption of negotiations without preconditions.
“It took a year and a half to persuade the international community and the Palestinians that direct dialogue is the only way to try to reach a solution to the conflict,” said Likud spokesman MK Ofir Akunis.
“This is further proof that when you stand up for your principles and do not give in, you can attain diplomatic achievements.”
Source: Israeli Magazine, Israel Today.