Daily Israel Report

Kadima MK Edri: 'I Don’t See Direct Talks Succeeding'

MK Yaakov Edri, a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, says the sides are already preparing their “alibis.”
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 8/23/2010, 9:12 AM / Last Update: 8/23/2010, 9:51 AM

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MK Yaakov Edri, a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, says he is not “optimistic” that the newly-announced direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will “succeed.”

“Both sides are already preparing their alibis,” the opposition member told Israel National News, “as to why the talks will blow up. There is also the [end of the] construction freeze coming up, so all in all I don’t give it much hope… I am not an optimistic man." 

“I am hopeful that they will succeed,” Edri said, “and in any event if there is a peace agreement, Kadima will certainly give its approval.”

Edri first became a Knesset Member in 2003 on behalf of the Likud party, but left in 2006 with the other pro-Disengagement Likud MKs to join Ariel Sharon’s Kadima party.