Justice Minister Tzipi Livni on Tuesday responded to the new directives put forward by the European Union, saying that the decision is a "startling wake-up call" to Israel.
In a statement issued to the press, Livni said it was unfortunate that Israel has arrived at this juncture, but she hoped now that the time would come to take action and begin negotiations with the Palestinians as the only way to safeguard Israel's interests.
"It saddens me that we have reached this point, but I hope that it will motivate all those who think we can live with the current stalemate," Livni said in a statement.
The justice minister added that an Israeli initiative is preferable to a unilateral international initiative.
"Once negotiations begin, the Europeans will see that Israel wants to set final borders, but only through negotiations," Livni stated.