Daily Israel Report
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News Brief

  10/11/2011, Tishrei 13, 5772

Rivlin: No Substitute for Direct Talks


Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin told the European parliament, Tuesday morning, that Israel is willing to resume talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA) along the lines of a recent proposal by the Middle East Quartet but Europe should recognize that Israel cannot waive its demand that it be recognized as a Jewish state, citing 20th-century history as an example of European anti-Semitism. Rivlin added his impression that Europe was more concerned over creating a PA state and less concerned about preserving the Jewish one, saying Israel's existence should not be taken for granted. Last week, the parliament voted to support the PA's bid for recognition at the UN as a sovereign state along the pre-Six Day War borders, with Jerusalem as the capital of the two states and a stop to Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria.

Parliament President Jerzy Buzek agreed with Rivlin that it was important that the two sides negotiate a settlement.