President Shimon Peres found a diplomatic way to ask the Europeans to mind their
own business for the time being and to stay out of the Israeli-Palestinian
At the welcome reception hosted in his honor by Latvian President
Andris Berzins, Peres, in thanking Latvia for its contribution in having the
European Union list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, also criticized the
EU for limiting financial aid to Israel to enterprises within the green line,
saying that this was harmful to the peace process.
Peres underscored that
the negotiations should be left to the parties concerned and the talks should be
allowed to develop without interference. The best thing that the Europeans can
do at this time, he said, was to exercise restraint, because this was the most
positive way in which to demonstrate support for the peace process.
negotiations are complex he said, but if fruitful will result in an end to the
Israeli Palestinian conflict.