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Ex-Mossad chief thinks peace talks 'impossible'

Former Israeli spy chief pessimistic about possibility of peace

MENA, Monday 16 May 2011
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Ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halevy ruled out peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians at the current stage.

He said that such talks are “impossible” under the current circumstances.

Israeli daily Haaretz reported Halevy’s statements in the meeting of Knesset’s foreign affairs and defence committee that the room for manoeuvre is constricting, while the international Quartet for peace in the Middle East is losing the ability to influence the peace talks.

Halevy stressed that the current situation is not a good one for launching negotiations and that what happened in the past two years has not lead to significant benefits, adding that a permanent agreement cannot be reached since the person signing the agreement now is not the one who will have to abide by it in the future.

Haaretz also mentioned that the Palestinian Authority had already struck a reconciliation deal with Hamas before the Palestinian initiative to declare a unilateral Palestinian state in the United Nations.

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