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  9/9/2011, Elul 10, 5771

Barak Calls on Abbas to Return to Talks


Defense Minister Ehud Barak called, Thursday, for Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority to return to the bargaining table with no preconditions. Speaking at a memorial observance for the members of the artillery corps in Zichron Ya'akov, he called on the international community to help renew talks, explaining that current leadership owed it to the coming generations.

Barak called Israel an island of stability in a region of countries overtaken by internal turmoil, adding that it should not lose touch with the realities. He said the issues raised by the social justice campaign had to be addressed with the same unity shown on the battlefield and expressed confidence in the government to do so.