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Livni. To stress red lines
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Livni: We won't cede red lines in peace talks

Foreign minister meets with Evangelical leader John Hagee, tells him international community must understand that Israel 'has no plans to compromise on its red lines' in negotiations with Palestinians

Israel plans to set red lines for the negotiations with the Palestinians and will not compromise on them, Foreign Minister Tizpi Livni clarified Sunday.


According to Livni, Israel's red lines in terms of the security, the refugees and the holy sites will be presented to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the international community.


Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is expected to meet with Abbas on Monday at his official residents in Jerusalem. The meeting will also be attended by the negotiation teams, headed by Livni and former Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia. The foreign minister plans to stress Israel's red lines during the meeting.


Livni used the term "red lines" for the first time Sunday, according to her new strategy in the negotiations.


During a meeting with Christian Evangelical leader John Hagee, the foreign minister said that "Israel will continue the negotiations with the Palestinians, but there are things we cannot compromise on, and things we won't compromise on. Israel does not plan to compromise on the red lines, and this is something the international community must understand."


A message to the White House?

Hagee, who is supported by some 80 million believers in the United States, has enjoyed an Israeli welcome reserved for heads of states. In addition to his meeting with the foreign minister, he also met with the prime minister and is expected to meet with opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu.


Hagee's community believes that the Jewish state must not conceded its territories to the Palestinians, and its members took part in the activities against the disengagement from Gaza in the summer of 2005.


Hagee, who heads the Christians United for Israel organization, has been active in the struggle against Iran's nuclear program.


It appears that Livni chose to discuss Israel's red lines with Hagee, who is affiliated with the Bush administration and supports Republican presidential candidate John McCain, in order to convey a message to the White House and the US State Department.


פרסום ראשון: 04.06.08, 21:20
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