Former Shin Bet chief says there is a partner...

Former Shin Bet chief says there is a partner for peace

By Yaakov Lappin, Jerusalem Post

29.04.12
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Speaking at an event this week, former head of the Israeli Security Service Yuval Diskin, was severally critical of the current government and adamant that peace is possible but Israel lacks the political leadership for this to occur. He stated that peace can be reached based on a two-state solution within the confines of the current situation.
 
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“Leave aside all the stories they’re selling to us in the media, that we want to talk but Abu Mazen [PA President Mahmoud Abbas], he doesn’t. I’m telling you, we’re not talking to the Palestinians because this government does not want to talk to the Palestinians, and I was there until a year ago and I know what’s going on in this field from up close.”
 
Diskin accused the government of having “no interest in solving anything with the Palestinians. This government knows that if it makes the smallest step in this direction, than the current power base and strong coalition will fall apart. It’s very simple.”
 
He added that he was not defending the Palestinians, saying that Abbas “has made mistakes, but that’s not relevant now.”
 
“We as a people have an interest in peace; the government does not,” Diskin continued.
 
Earlier, he said the concept of reaching a complete resolution of the conflict was a utopian and unrealistic idea, and proposed reaching a two-state solution within the confines of the current situation.
Former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Former Shin Beit chief Yuval Diskin (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
 
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