Ashkenazi: Israel should make peace with its neighbors

February 21, 2011 16:35

Former chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi called on the government to work towards making peace treaties with Israel's neighbors during a farewell appearance before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.

"Other countries should be removed from the cycle of confrontation with Israel and to add them to the [list] of countries like Egypt and Jordan, with whom we have peace treaties of strategic importance," Ashkenazi told the committee.

During the committee session, several MKs expressed their regret for the manner which forced the end of his command [as chief of General Staff]. Some of the MKs criticized the treatment he received from Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Ashkenazi, however, distanced himself from the criticism of Barak, saying he would not delve into politics while still in uniform.

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