MK Frej charges Netanyahu with responsibility for success of peace talks

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 22, 2013 18:47

Meretz MK warns that failure could lead to an explosion.

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Meretz MK Esawi Freige.

Meretz MK Esawi Freige 370. (photo credit: Courtesy Meretz)

Meretz MK Esawi Frej voiced cautious support for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's success in bringing peace talks closer to a reality on Monday.

"I want to compliment the prime minister today - but the compliment comes with an asterisk," Frej said in a press release. "After half a year of tireless legwork by (US) Secretary of State (John) Kerry by land, air and sea - we have succeeded to receive a declaration of renewed negotiations."

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However Frej warned that Netanyahu's past record in political maneuvering implies that any current successes should be digested with a grain of salt.

"The difficult decision is now closer than ever Mr. Prime Minister," Frej addressed Netanyahu, "if you resort to your delaying tactics again, I am afraid you will cause an explosion."

Last Friday, Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas confirmed Kerry's announcement that the groundwork had been laid for a resumption of stalled peace talks.

Yet movements on both sides have already begun calling for referendums to discuss the upcoming peace negotiations, and many are concerned that the talks are doomed before they have even left the ground.

Frej expressed dire predictions should the renewed talks fail to succeed, pointing a finger of responsibility at the prime minister.

"If you do not make the right decision, and lead to an explosion, we will all be hurt - it doesn't matter who you blame," Frej said, "even if you succeed in blaming the Palestinians - the responsibility will ultimately be yours."


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