Jan 26, 07. Arutz 7 News.
The Israeli Foreign minister,
told the World Economic Forum that negotiations between Israel and
Palestinians must be based on idea of two states living side by side in
Livni said she had made the
formation of Palestinian state her top diplomatic. “The formation of a state
for the Arabs within the biblical territories of Judea and Samaria is not an
illusion. It's there. It's achievable,” she said.
Israeli Vice Premier
Shimon Peres, and
Mahmoud Abbas also shared
their visions for a two-state solution within the disputed borders of
Abbas stressed his
commitment to return to the negotiating table, but
warned that if he cannot form a unity government with Hamas officials, he
would move to call early elections.
reiterated long-standing Arab demands that other Arabs be resettled in
Israel, and not in any newly created Palestinian nation. And he stressed
that a permanent resolution is necessary to end the long-standing conflict,
as opposed to any temporary decisions, urging Israel to begin discussing
issues of final border status and insisting on the Israeli borders of 1967
as a starting point.
Livni cautioned Abbas
against compromising with extreme elements within the Authority, labeling
Abbas one of the "moderate" forces within the PA - in spite of the calls by
Abbas at a Ramallah Fatah rally a week earlier, for arms, received to
protect him and his Fatah faction from Hamas, "to be turned against Israel,"
which he referred to as "occupying forces."
Shimon Peres addressed the
forum, expressing a vision of shared economic cooperation between Israel and
the PA. He stated that Israel, Jordan and PA have already agreed in
principle "to take the whole length of the frontier," a 500 kilometer-long
strip along the current Israeli-Jordanian border, "and convert it into an
ongoing economic zone."
The Israeli government has
already formed a committee to study the ability to remove as many as 100,000
Jewish residents from their homes in the areas considered for the creation
of a Palestinian State.
US Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice has already announced plans to gather the Quartet committed
to Middle East peace (US, UN, EU and Russia) in Washington D.C. at the
beginning of February. She will return to the Middle East for a summit
between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and PA Chairman Abbas, two weeks