Gold: Settlements not most important issue for peace

June 19, 2013 13:23

Dore Gold, Israel's former ambassador to the United Nations, said Wednesday that the importance of West Bank settlements has been inflated.

Speaking at the Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, Gold, a former adviser to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, told a panel of former diplomatic and security chiefs that "there are far more important issues affecting the peace process than West Bank settlements."

Gold mentioned that the Oslo Accords were signed without Israel instituting a settlement freeze, which constitutes a key Palestinian precondition for a resumption of peace talks.

The former envoy said that PA President Mahmoud Abbas had no interest in negotiations with Israel.

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