Rivlin to EU Parliament: Abbas is addicted to conflict

October 11, 2011 14:28

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin addressed the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday morning, saying that, while direct talks are important, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas may not be the correct address for such talks.

One day after the EU's 27 foreign ministers called for a direct renewal of talks, Rivlin says Israel would negotiate, but cannot give up on the demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish State.

"The nations of Europe understand very well the vital importance of the existence of a state for the Jewish People," Rivlin stated. "Jewish people lived in many states in Europe, but this situation could not continue in trying times."

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