Palestinian Authority leadership responded Tuesday to the appointment of Vice Premier Silvan Shalom as the Israeli representative for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks if negotiations renew, saying that it is unimportant who will mediate because Prime Minister Netanyahu isn’t interested in peace.
According to Israel Radio, the officials said that there is no point in meeting with Shalom until Israel agrees to a number of preconditions including the end of building over the Green Line, the return to 1967 borders and the release of prisoners in Israeli jails.
Shalom, a former foreign minister and current interior minister, will take over for ex-justice minister Tzipi Livni as the government’s representatives in talks. His appointment was announced after Netanyahu told Likud officials that he would like the peace process with the Palestinians to resume soon, in closed conversations last week.
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