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  11/4/2007, Cheshvan 23, 5768

Livni: We Back Roadmap and also Bypass It


Israel backs the American Roadmap plan but also supports bypassing it, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni explained to the Saban Forum, sponsored by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. She declared. "The formula we have chosen is the Roadmap," which calls for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to destroy the terrorist infrastructure as the first step toward a new Arab state. The second step calls for temporary borders before final borders, which are to be determined in the third phase.
 
However, citing a "complex" situation in which "terrorism rules in Gaza" and a "moderate Palestinian leadership" operates in Judea and Samaria, she explained that Israel abandoned the Roadmap's first steps. "We could have waited until the end of the first stage's implementation, but we chose not to, because we believe in dialogue with the Palestinians," she reasoned.