Wednesday, 3 February 2010


Barak: Peace With Palestinians Or Apartheid

- Israel's defense minister warned Tuesday that if Israel does not achieve a peace deal with the Palestinians, it will be either a binational state or an undemocratic apartheid state.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak's comments came in an address to a security conference north of Tel Aviv.

Israeli leaders rarely use the term "apartheid" in
connection to the Palestinians. The term, however, has been
used by Israel's harshest critics to accuse it of using
apartheid tactics against the Palestinians.

"The simple truth is, if there is one state" including
Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, "it will have to be either
binational or undemocratic. ... if this bloc of millions of
Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state."

Barak called for an immediate resumption of peace talks on
all outstanding issues, appealing to the Palestinians to
drop their demand for a halt in construction in Israel's
West Bank settlements first.

Speaking after Barak, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam
Fayyad said he agreed with Barak about the goal, but he
rejected his call to drop the condition, which he said is
part of the internationally backed "road map" peace
blueprint from 2003.

"I do not believe there can be a permanent peace unless the
concept of a sovereign Palestine is accepted," he said. He
also called for deploying Palestinian security forces in
areas now under Israeli control.

Fayyad, a U.S.-educated economist, also called on Israel to
halt military incursions into Palestinian-controlled areas
of the West Bank.

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