Barak: Coalition is preventing peace talks' success

Defense minister says there is a "contradiction" between current government's structure and negotiations with the Palestinians.

November 25, 2010 15:39
The Jerusalem Post

Ehud Barak. (photo credit: Ahikam Seri/Bloomberg)


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The current coalition makes it impossible for peace talks to succeed, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in a Thursday speech to the Pensioners' Union.

"There is a contradiction between the government's structure and the chances to go deeper in this kind of negotiations," Barak said.

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"We joined the government so it would go in this direction, but we still haven't reached the goal," the Labor leader went on. "If this government can't move towards peace talks, we must consider widening it and making a national unity coalition."

Barak warned against missing an opportunity "to reach victory and peace."

Barak also addressed Israel's continued de-legitimization in the world, and said that "the Zionist dream is a place where all of our grandchildren will want to live, and Jews all over the world will be proud of their connection to it."

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