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Ayalon: Final status peace agreement is not likely

Deputy Foreign 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, rather it should seek a long-term interim agreement.  Ayalon's comments mirrored those made by fellow Israel Beiteinu party-member Foreign Minister Avigdor Leiberman made during an earlier speech in front of the UN General Assembly at the very end of September after the cessation of the government's unilateral 10-month settlement building moratorium.
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 a consider an interim agreement in both nations' interests.
"The Palestinian approach to an agreement is a destructive escalation that could destabilize the entire region," said Ayalon.
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