Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, the official head of Israel's negotiating effort vis-a-vis the Palestinian Authority, expressed appreciation to the nation's youth, Monday morning, for the care expressed in their protest against the export of Israel's natural gas. Speaking before a gathering of accountants in Eilat, she said, "As the young people here are talking about ideological economics, they are doing so in Europe - and Europe is boycotting products. And as it starts in the settlements, but their problem is with Israel, perceived as a colonialist state, so it will not end with the settlements, but with Israel as a whole."
Livni added, "The majority in Israel believes in two states [for two peoples], but with suitable security arrangements. On the other hand there is a group that wants it but doesn't believe in it, and is held hostage by a little ideological group, from whose perspective the holding of another hill is the way to keep us from an agreement. Therefore the political issue is inseparable from both the security and the economy." Livni said she was angered by the headlines about lack of progress during the just-concluded visit of Secretary of State John Kerry of the United States, expressed thanks for his efforts, and expressed hope in the groundwork he laid for future talks.