Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has visited Turkey seeking international support for her government’s vision of future relations with the Palestinians. Israel intends to set borders in the coming years with or without Palestinian agreement.
Talks with the Palestinians are frozen because the Israelis will not deal with the Hamas-led government, which refuses to recognise Israel. “This is in the interest of the Palestenian people, maybe not their leaders, who wish to demolish the state of Israel and to take it off the map, so excuse me for not cooperating with these kind of of leaders,” she said.
In a press conference with her counterpart, Abdullah Gul, Livni made no mention of a recent visit by Hamas leaders to Turkey. She described relations between the two countries as “excellent.”