Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon reacted, Sunday evening to President Shim'on Peres's call for renewed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), on the basis of the two-state solution, by saying, "I believe that the president should not get into politics, so I do not want to debate with him politically. But I see other parties are taking advantage of him, of course, to attack us, as they do so often in the international arena."
Noting that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was willing to freeze building in Judea and Samaria in order to get talks moving during the early part of his current term, the former chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces said the government was prudent, responsible and not giving in to preconditions for talks made by a PA government which is trying to manipulate the Israeli public. He continued, "If the Palestinians educate the three-year-old boy to wear an explosive belt and blow up on us, it's possible to talk, to sign agreements, to go to the White House lawn, but it will blow up in our faces as Oslo exploded . In this regard, there is a responsible government here; a sober one which knows what it wants and does not give in to manipulation. It's alll our strategic interests.