"On the matter of negotiations with the Palestinians, there is a great gap between us and Habayit Hayehudi," Peri said. "Sooner or later the split will be taken to the cabinet's desk and then one of the parties will have to abandon the cabinet."
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Peri further added that several ministers are trying to sabotage the negotiations efforts and pointed his finger at Housing Minister Uri Ariel. "The housing minister and his reckless move on the matter of building in the settlements is sabotaging and sabotaged the Israeli interest, in the most sensitive timing – with the US, Europe and the Palestinians," said Peri. "It is a true damage to Israel's most sensitive corner."
However, Peri denied that Israel is at a setback with the US. "There is a very clear position that the prime minister has been leading for years," he said. "He should be given the entire credit for that; the sanctions have led Iran to an unprecedented situation. Israel favors a diplomatic solution over a military one, and the debate is on its way. Iran claims it wants energy for peaceful purposes, and for that there is no need to enrich uranium."
When asked whether he thinks Israel is on its way to a third intifada, the former Shin Bet chief answered: "I hope not, the recent murder cases are a trend of individual attackers, but the negotiations will not bear achievements and the crisis with the US will deepen. The feelings of frustration may lead us to a surge of terrorist attacks or civil organization of terrorist acts."
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