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Defense Minister Barak: the alternative to negotiations will essentially lead to a non-Jewish state or a non-democratic state

By: Jonathan Lis, Ha'aretz

28.12.2009

 

In his address to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Barak declared that 2010 would be the year of "threats and opportunities", adding that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' apparent readiness to resume negotiations was an optimistic sign for possible peace progress.

"Two weeks ago, Abu Mazen [Abbas] said in an interview that ‘if all the core issues are brought up for discussion, the Palestinian people will see an end to the conflict and to reciprocal demands’" Barak told members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

"I don't think I've ever heard someone on the Palestinian side say such a thing," he said. "We don't agree with him about everything, but it's important he said it because it alleviates some of the public's fear about returning to negotiations."
 
Barak added that “the alternative to negotiations is a deadlock that will lead us to violence and which will increase Hamas’s power. Today we are at an advantage and in a position of power which enables us to enter an arrangement that will lead to two states living side by side. The continuation of our ruling over millions of Palestinians between Jordan and the [Mediterranean] Sea – will essentially lead to a non-Jewish state or a non-democratic state which will be an apartheid state. Both scenarios are opposed to the Zionist vision, and this stands at the core of the government’s thinking”.