The Yesha Council on Wednesday said it welcomed announcements that a freeze on settlement building in the West Bank has been removed as a precondition for peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
The council's chair, Danny Dayan, said in a statement, "This is the prudent and necessary move and displays that the true interests of the Israeli people are not being abandoned in the face of unjustified international demands. Israel came to the negotiating table without any preconditions. When the Obama administration proposed this precondition it cast serious doubts over their ability to be an honest broker in the process and the removal of this precondition is therefore a very positive development.”
Dayan also called for a change of direction in the peace process saying that “Now is the time for the international community to finally recognize that peace will never be achieved by conceding Israeli territory to an entity that will threaten our very existence."
"The process, when based on these misplaced understandings, routinely proved futile and resulted in only frustration and violence. We firmly believe that peaceful coexistence with the Palestinians is possible if we think creatively, proactively and focus on what unites us rather than what divides us.”