Failure of peace process greater threat than Iran nukes: Barak

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 22:13

Jerusalem: Israeli Defense Minister on Tuesday
underlined the importance of a peace deal with Palestinians,
saying unresolved borders are more dangerous to the Jewish
nation than Iran`s nuclear programme.

Ehud Barak said that Israel`s failure to strike a
peace deal with the Palestinians was a greater threat to the
country than a nuclear Iran.

"The lack of a solution to the problem of border
demarcation within the historic Land of Israel - and not an
Iranian bomb - is the most serious threat to Israel`s future,"
Barak told mediaperson.

According to a report in the Haaretz daily, Barak
called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to return to the negotiating table to end the deadlock over the peace process.

The Palestinian leader has refused to begin talks
until Israel freezes settlement building in the West bank,
including in east Jerusalem.

The United States has proposed a new initiative to
nudge Palestinians back into peace talks with Israel.

According to reports, the new plan calls on Israel to
loosen its hold on some Palestinian-controlled areas, release
a number of prisoners and ease a virtual blockade of the Gaza
Strip.

The initiative was aimed at "creating an atmosphere"
for the relaunching of peace talks suspended over a year ago.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 22:13

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