Israeli Defence Minister still optimistic about Israeli-Palestinian talks

As talks to resolve the Israeli Palestinian conflict continue to stall, the Defence Minister of Israel, Ehud Barak, has said that ultimately both parties will have to meet face to face to deal with core issues.

Ehud Barak Israeli Minister of Defense

Ehud Barak

Those issues include Palestinian refugees, the status of East Jerusalem, Israeli security and borders between Israel and a future Palestinian state.

Mr. Barak spoke to reporters in New York where he met with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and attended an event to honour women who survived the Holocaust.

“Of course, ultimately we have to deal with all six core issues face to face in order to have a breakthrough or to find what should be done if a full agreement cannot be achieved. I am still optimist. I think that in spite of all the turbulence around us we should look for opportunities within those difficulties rather than to spiral into a sense of too heavy uncertainty that paralyzes us from acting toward a better more stable region.”

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