by: Joshua Spurlock
In addition to the discussion on water, Israel’s meeting with Mitchell and his team also dealt with the possibility that Israel consider taking additional confidence-building measures towards the Palestinians during the peace talks. The release said that for their part, “Israel also expects the Palestinian leadership to work to create a positive atmosphere for the talks and to not undertake international activity against Israel, such as the actions it carried out to prevent Israel from joining the OECD [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development],” an international economic group that recently accepted Israel.
The statement said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “expressed his desire to make progress in the proximity talks in order to proceed to direct talks very soon.” Overall, the Americans felt positive about the latest round of indirect peace talks. In comments posted on the US State Department Web site, spokesman Philip Crowley said, “The talks were constructive and reflected both parties’ commitments to reach an agreement that realizes the goal of two states and a more secure and prosperous future for both peoples. Special envoy Mitchell urged the parties to remain committed to promoting a positive atmosphere for the talks. He and his team will be continuously engaged in these talks in pursuit of comprehensive peace in the Middle East.”
Posted on May 24, 2010
Source: BFP Israel Mosaic Radio, May 23, 2010
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