Justice Minister Tzipi Livni commented on the EU's decision to ban settlement agreements with Israel, saying that "the decision is a jolting wakeup call. It saddens me that we have reached this point, but I hope that it will motivate all those who think we can live with the current stalemate."
Livni added that: "Any Israeli initiative will be preferable to an international one-sided one. Once negotiations begin, the Europeans will see that Israel wants to set final borders, but only through negotiations." (Attila Somfavli)