'Lack of borders within Israel is our greatest threat'

Barak: Stalemate in talks with Palestinians bigger threat than Iranian nuke.

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January 27, 2010 03:03
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'Lack of borders within Israel is our greatest threat'

Ehud Barak new. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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A day after the German press revealed that Iran would be capable of manufacturing a nuclear bomb within the coming year, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday that the continued stalemate in the peace process with the Palestinians poses a greater threat to Israel than a nuclear bomb in the hands of the Islamic Republic.

"The lack of defined boundaries within Israel, and not an Iranian bomb, is the greatest threat to our future," Barak said during a conference in Tel Aviv.

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On Wednesday, Barak will head to Sharm e-Sheikh for talks with President Hosni Mubarak that will focus on Gilad Schalit, renewing peace talks with the Palestinians and curbing Hamas efforts to smuggle weaponry into the Gaza Strip under the Philadelphi Corridor. Barak's visit comes on the heels of talks Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held with the Egyptian leader last month in Cairo.

At the conference, Barak called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to return to the negotiating table. "I am proud to be a member of a government that has taken upon itself the responsibility of addressing issues pertaining to the Road Map," he said.


While Israel is the strongest country in the region, Barak said that time "is not on our side. We need to stand with our eyes open and stable feet... to look for a crack or a window to make peace," he said. "We have a paramount interest in establishing defined borders between ourselves and the Palestinians, that will set the stage for two states for two peoples."

In addressing the ramifications of a continued stalemate in negotiations, Barak said: "It must be understood that if between the Jordan [River] and the [Mediterranean Sea] there is only one political entity called 'Israel,' it will by necessity either be not Jewish or not democratic, and we will turn into an apartheid state." Barak said that Iran was using western gestures to stall for time as it continues to develop nuclear weapons.

"Iran is only engaging in dialogue in order to buy itself some time," Barak said. "The setting of a brief and clear timetable for imposing of sanctions on Iran is vital, and uranium enrichment on Iranian soil cannot be legitimized, since this will lead to an Iranian military nuclear capability."



Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to the report.

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