UN / EHUD BARAK

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Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations today and said that he was “not sure that it serves neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis” to attempt to resolve the Palestinian issue through “resolutions or statements by the General Assembly.” UNTV

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DATELINE: 29 JULY 2011, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

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2. Med shot, Barak at the stakeout position

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3. Close up, reporter’s notepad

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ehud Barak, Defense Minister of Israel:
“We are still trying to find a formula that will enable understanding between the members of the Quartet in a way that will enable resumption of negotiations. I cannot promise you that it will happen, but we are still trying to do our best to enable it.”

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5. Close up, reporter’s notepad

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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ehud Barak, Defense Minister of Israel:
“I think that it’s always better to reach agreements about what will happen on the ground through direct negotiations between the parties, namely between Israel or the Palestinians. And I am not sure that it serves neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis to go through kind of decisions or whatever, it is not exactly decisions, more resolutions or statements by the General Assembly.”

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7. Close up, reporter’s notepad

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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ehud Barak, Defense Minister of Israel:
“Ben-Gurion on behalf of Israel accepted it, the Palestinian leadership did not accept it and asked, invited all neighbouring Arab countries to try to destroy the young baby Israel before it can stand on its feet. I was a young kid at the time, I remember it very vividly, and that’s why we will never be apologetic about the fact that Israel was born this way. And fortunately enough we won this war and remained alive and vibrant. So, I don’t think that it’s a good example for the Palestinians.”

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9. Close up, reporter’s notepad

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10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ehud Barak, Defense Minister of Israel:
“I think that there is no question about the legality of blockade on Gaza in terms of international law. There is no question about the legality of our effort to hold this flotilla. I don’t see that there could be a real question about the legality of the use of force. Of course we regret the loss of life. We never intended to end up with this result.”

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11. Close up, camera

STORYLINE:

Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations today (29 July) with whom he discussed a variety of issues related to the situation in the Middle East.

After the meeting, Barak spoke to reporters and said that “a formula that will enable understanding between the members of the Quartet in a way that will enable resumption of negotiations” is still being sought, although he cautioned that he could not promise that it will happen.

The Quartet on the Middle East, composed of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia was formed in 2002 in order to mediate the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The latest round of negotiations broke down last September when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to extend the freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank.

Speaking about the Palestinian intention to obtain full UN membership through a vote at the General Assembly next September, Barak said that “it’s always better to reach agreements about what will happen on the ground through direct negotiations between the parties” and added that he was “not sure that it serves neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis” to attempt to resolve the issue through “resolutions or statements by the General Assembly.”

When reminded about Israel’s own inception through a UN decision in 1947, Barak pointed out that Zionist Leader David Ben-Gurion “on behalf of Israel accepted it” but the Palestinian leadership did not accept it and “invited all neighbouring Arab countries to try to destroy the young baby Israel before it can stand on its feet.”

He said that that is why “we will never be apologetic about the fact that Israel was born this way” and added that he did not think that “it’s a good example for the Palestinians.”

With regard to an upcoming UN report on the deadly Israeli raid that killed nine pro-Palestinian activists aboard a Turkish ship last year, Barak said that “there is no question about the legality of blockade on Gaza in terms of international law” and “about the legality of our effort to hold this flotilla” orthe use of force.

He added that Israel regrets the loss of life, saying that they “never intended to end up with this result.”
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