Following the statement of Shimon Peres by which there is no need for the PA to recognize Israel, Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan said, "Recognition of Israel is a prerequisite to ensure the end of the conflict with the PA with no further demands from Israel. The Prime Minister will handle the negotiations, and President Peres must not get involved."
Minister Yuval Steinitz added, "Recognition of Israel is elementary, and the PA refuses to do so. This is the core of the conflict. Peace with the PA without recognition of Israel will be a farce."