Barak predicts peace talks in month or 2

Says diplomatic process may appear frozen, but "things definitely happening."

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
January 25, 2010 15:39
Barak predicts peace talks in month or 2

Barak smiles 298.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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After hopes for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations appeared to fade over the last few weeks, Defense Minister Ehud Barak painted a relatively positive picture of the peace process during Labor's faction meeting on Monday, predicting that talks would resume in the next month or two.

"On the surface the diplomatic process appears asleep and frozen, but I don't think that's really accurate," he said. "Under the surface both sides want negotiations."

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"In the next month or two I think negotiations will restart," he said.

It comes days after Time magazine published an interview with US President Barack Obama in which he admitted that he erred during his first year in office by raising too high expectations of a Middle East breakthrough.

However, Barak played down severity of the interview.

"What Obama said in the interview was interesting, but if you read it in context, it is less sharp than it appears in the Israeli press," he said. "It (the peace process) is not going at the pace we wanted, but things are definitely happening."

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