Ashkenazi: Failure in negotiations could lead to violence
IDF chief reportedly says possible breakdown in talks would, however, not cause level of violence seen in October 2000; MK Eldad says Ashkenazi being "unnecessarily ambivalent."
By REBECCA ANNA STOIL, JPOST.COM STAFF
September 21, 2010 13:49
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IDF Chief of General
Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi warned Tuesday that violent clashes could resume between Israelis and Palestinians, if there is a failure in peace negotiations between the two sides.
Ashkenazi said, however that he does
not believe that the initial Palestinian reaction to any possible
failure of talks would look at all similar to the violence of 2000.
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at a Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting, Ashkenazi was
referring to the violence of the second intifada which broke out in
October 2000 and lead to a number of deaths on both sides.
"We must be prepared for every possibility," Ashkenazi told the committee.
"The Palestinians have relatively low expectations regarding progress, whereas in Israel, tensions exist among the Jewish population and the aspiration to end the construction freeze in settlements."
MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) criticized Ashkanazi's assessment of the
situation in the West Bank as unnecessarily ambivalent saying
"Ashkenazi basically said either it will rain tomorrow or it will not"
is no doubt that the Palestinians are planning an armed conflict,
and are waiting to use the failure of negotiations as an excuse," he