Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud - Yisrael Beiteinu) stated on Wednesday that Israel seeks peace, but not if it means going back to the pre-1967 borders as part of a settlement deal. "Israel wants peace, but not on the basis of the '67 borders and a building freeze in Judea and Samaria," Shalom stated. He called for the Palestinian Authority to "come to negotiations with Israel honestly and with good faith."
Judea and Samaria were restored to Israel in the Six Day War of 1967. Israel also reunified Jerusalem including the Old City and took back the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula.
Silvan Shalom serves as Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee and Minister of Energy and Water.
He made the comments during a meeting in Jerusalem with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida for the upcoming inauguration of the Jericho Industrial Zone. Jordanian and Palestinian Authority officials were in attendance as well.