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        5/21/2013, Sivan 12, 5773

      Livni: Diplomatic Deadlock Hurts Israel's Security

      Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is in charge of Israel's negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (PA), said, Tuesday morning, that Israel continues to be involved in intense talks with United States Secretary of State John Kerry with the common goal of reactivating direct talks with the PA.

      Adressing a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee hearing on the subject, Livni said there is disagreement within the government on a future agreement, but the two-state solution is more favored than not dividing the land. She also said the deadlock in direct negotiations is hurting Israel's security, stressing that international legitimacy has an impact on security and the operational capabilities of the Israel Defense Forces. She added that due to the diplomatic deadlock, the conditions for reopening direct talks become more complex.