Defense Minister Ehud Barak said, Thursday evening, that Israel will make another effort in the next few days to resume negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. Referring to the PA's impending bid for United Nations recognition as an independent state, Barak told a memorial gathering for General Yisrael (Talik) Tal, "There are more things we can do to stop the political tsunami." He added, "If we act, the world will know that Israel did all [it could] and if it doesn't work, the responsibility for the dead end lies on the doorstop of our partners in dialogue." He said the security forces were ready for the challenges of the sensitive month ahead and that he hoped Israel would pass through the period without an escalation in violence.
On the socio-economic front, Barak said his ministry was willing to contribute its share under a comprehensive program. He expressed his opposition to what he called 'a cheap populist competition for headlines."