Peres: Quartet plan creates new opportunity to resume talks

September 25, 2011 12:02

President Shimon Peres on Monday praised the new peace initiative introduced by the Quartet of Middle East mediators on Friday, saying the plan creates a new opportunity to resume direct negotiations with the Palestinians, Israel Radio reported.

Peres said that both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and PA President Mahmoud Abbas had turned to their own supporters in their respective speeches to the UN General Assembly on Friday, but that no effort was made to lessen the gaps between the positions of the two sides.

"We would want a situation in which the political distance between Jerusalem and Ramallah was not greater than the geographical distance between them," he stated.

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