On neutral ground and on the international stage Israeli and Palestinian leaders have been taking up the prospects for peace in the Middle East ahead of bilateral talks. Israeli Foreign Minister Zippi Livni and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas were speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
“It’s time now to call all the good will and to make peace a fact in the Holy Land,” Abbas said, adding that he represented the voice of the Palestinian people.
Livni made clear there would have to be negotiations on borders: “…because in ’67 there was no Palestinian state and there was no connection between Gaza Strip and the West Bank. So it is for us to create something new and I believe that a Palestinian state is in the Israeli interest as well as in the Palestinian interest. But the future borders are part of future negotiations between Israel and Palestinians.”
The Quartet group of Middle East negotiators, the US, the UN, Russia and the EU. are to meet in Washington next Friday in a bid to widen international involvement in long-delayed peace talks.