Beilin urges PM not to miss chance of peace

Peace Now expresses dissatisfaction with "watered-down plan."

October 4, 2007 22:47
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Beilin urges PM not to miss chance of peace

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Meretz Chairman Yossi Beilin warned Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday not to miss out on a historic chance to make peace. "It is forbidden for the two sides to get confused and reach the conclusion that their goal is to leave the conference in peace instead of making peace," Beilin said. "A rare opportunity has arisen to renew the talks on a final status agreement and complete them within a limited number of months. Any other result will strengthen the extremists in the region and gravely harm the national security interests of Israel." Peace Now also expressed its dissatisfaction with what it referred to as a "watered-down plan," that Olmert and Abbas were working on, saying that unless the issues at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were addressed at the November meeting, the parley would turn into a "useless media show." MKs on the Right warned that the summit would result in steps that would bring about Israel's destruction. "Olmert continues to talk to Abbas, who continues to talk with Hamas and to declare openly his intention to return to Safed, and cross all the red lines of the Israeli consensus," National Union MK Aryeh Eldad said. "The public is insisting that Olmert immediately stop his talks with his 'new partner,' who is neither a partner nor new." The Likud criticized the Olmert-Abbas meeting, saying in a statement released early Wednesday evening that current government policy could lead to the establishment of a "second Hamastan" in the West Bank that could pose a missile threat to Gush Dan. "No wording [of the agreement] can hide the fact that the Olmert government has promised the Palestinians to withdraw to the 1967 borders and divide Jerusalem," the statement said.

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