Ayalon: Interim accord more likely than final status deal
Deputy FM says Palestinian approach to final status talks could lead to "an escalation that could destabilize the entire region."
By JPOST.COM STAFF, JORDANA HORN
November 6, 2010 17:08
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Danny Ayalon 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post)
Minister Danny Ayalon on Saturday declared it was time for Israel to
write off attempts to reach a final-status peace agreement with the
Palestinians and instead seek a long-term interim agreement.
Ayalon's comments mirrored those made by Israel Beiteinu leader, Foreign Minister Avigdor Leiberman during a speech to the UN General Assembly at the end of September
after the cessation of the government's unilateral 10-month settlement
his September speech in front of the UN General Assembly, Lieberman
called for a “two-staged” solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
that “could take a few decades,” and said a final status agreement would
entail “not land-for-peace, but rather, exchange of populated
Ayalon made his comments at a Saturday event
held in Petah Tikva, saying that the agreement with the Palestinians on
core issues seemed unlikely and calling upon them to consider an
interim agreement in both nations' interests.
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"The Palestinian approach to an agreement is a destructive escalation that could destabilize the entire region," said Ayalon.
He said a “long-term intermediate agreement” prior to
final status agreements would most likely be necessary as a first
component of a “two-staged” solution.
An intermediate agreement,
Lieberman said, would be motivated from the “need to raise an entire new
generation that will have mutual trust and will not be influenced by
incitement and extremist messages.” Lieberman added that creating such
an emotionally conducive climate “could take a few decades.”
stressed that he was not advocating population transfer as part of a
final status agreement, but rather, stating that “moving borders to
better reflect demographic realities” would be part of an effort to
recognize and address the deep-seated friction between the two nations.
Citing examples in East Timor, as well as the former Yugoslavia and
Czechoslovakia, Lieberman said “where effective separation has been
achieved, conflict has either been avoided or has been dramatically
reduced or resolved.”
No comments by the Prime Minister's Office in response to Ayalon remarks
were available at the time of this report, as they occurred over the