Vice Premier Silvan Shalom said Thursday that Israel had managed to convince most of the free world that direct negotiations was the only way to resolve the conflict with the Palestinians, Israel Radio reported.
Shalom said that the struggle was not over yet, and that Israel was continuing its efforts to enlist a majority to block the Palestinian statehood bid for full membership status at the UN Security Council.
In an interview with Israel Radio, Shalom emphasized the importance of the Quartet's expected announcement calling for renewed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. If the Palestinians responded positively to the call, he said, it would possible to advance the peace process with regards to economics and security. In the political sphere it would be harder to move forward, he added, but dialogue is better than a rift between the two sides.
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