Israel peace negotiator Livni defends Abbas talks
Published today 19:33. Maan News Agency
JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s chief negotiator Tzipi Livni on Monday defended a decision to meet President Mahmoud Abbas after peace talks collapsed, in a move that drew sharp criticism from ministers.”I would like to remind everyone that the conflict isn’t over,” Justice Minister Tzipi Livni told her HaTnuah party at a weekly meeting, according to a statement.
“We’re still here and the Palestinians are still here. Our interest is to resolve the conflict, and ignoring reality is not an option,” she said.

It can be safely said that this conflict has been acknowledged worldwide as ongoing for nearly all of the last seven decades. Indeed, no year has gone by without some manifestation of its presence being brought to humanity’s attention and concern.

Yet, in all that time, no means of remedy has ever been found, nothing forthcoming from sources either of internal or external origin, none that might reconcile an Israeli-Palestinian balance sheet stretching back well over three or four generations.

What if such a woeful catalogue of crimes, mistakes and misadventures could be separated out from the current scene, creating a new baseline, one from which to begin again with a fresh perspective and in a much clearer frame of mind? In this way, an entirely new chapter on the saga might easily be written, an arrangement made whereby a fair and equitable resolution of all that has happened can be achieved.

The alternative is to carry on much as before, each new attempt at resolving matters even more half-hearted and disposable than those already tried but inevitably doomed to utter failure.

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