'One-sided Palestinian state won't work'

Egyptian ambassador to Israel says, "It takes two to tango."

April 29, 2010 09:55
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'One-sided Palestinian state won't work'

reda peres. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Egyptian Ambassador Yasser Reda believes that a unilateral move to create a Palestinian state by 2011 will not create "enduring peace," Army Radio reported Thursday.

"Cairo supports Fayyad's plans to establish a Palestinian state within the '67 borders," Reda said. With that he underlined that it takes two to tango and that "it's not possible to dance alone. Lasting peace will not be created unilaterally."

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Reda estimated that the upcoming meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and  Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo will be successful in renewing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

"It is not possible that there will not be advancement after this meeting. I am confident that there will be considerable progress," Reda stressed.

"As long as there is movement and there are meetings with the Israeli prime minister during this important and sensitive time, we can have hope," Reda told Army Radio.

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In reaction to Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit's remarks last week, in which he called Israel an enemy, Reda said: "When he said 'enemy' he intended as an enemy of Libya- it is obvious that Israel is not Egypt's enemy. Proof, I am here. There is no way the Egyptian Republic would have a presence in Israel if it considered her an enemy."

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