FM Livni: We Have Tried Everything - And Received Terror

Calling on the international community to remain steadfast in it demands of the Palestinian Authority, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni noted Israel's repeated, failed attempts to achieve peace.

Nissan Ratzlav-Katz , | updated: 11:44 PM

Addressing the 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy on Friday, Minister Livni said that any Palestinian entity envisioned in the Quartet's Roadmap to Peace must not be a "terror state."

"We have already tried everything - direct negotiations, negotiation in stages, unilateral moves. In the end, we received terror," she said.

Livni declared that Israel's desire for peace cannot come at the expense of its national security. She expressed her belief that, despite the current impasse, peace is within arm's reach. Declaring that "no one wants peace more than we do," Livni added, "But our desire for peace will not prevent us from seeing the dangers. We have no intention of mortgaging our future."

Livni reiterated three preconditions inherent in the peace plan drafted by the Quartet - the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations: recognition of Israel's right to exist; the cessation of terrorist attacks; and abiding by previously signed agreements between the PLO and Israel. The foreign minister said that the international community must reject unclear formulations presented by the PA in an effort to avoid fulfilling the three Roadmap preconditions. Livni called upon the world nations to "act with determination" in forcing the PA to clearly live up to the Roadmap's requirements.

In doing so, Livni implied, the world community "has the opportunity to do the right thing."

The three preconditions, Livni said, were "non-negotiable. Israel cannot negotiate over its very right to exist. No state would be prepared to accept such a thing." She also rejected any backing down over the demands that the PA reject terror and abide by previously signed agreements.

Addressing the issue of Iran's rapid nuclearization, Foreign Minister Livni again called on the international community to act. "The extremists are watching us," she warned, going on to say that there are those among the community of nations who fear the economic consequences of taking a determined stand against Iran.

"All agree that Iran is a danger to the entire world," Livni said, "but the desire to act out of an international consensus must not lead to appeasement and hesitancy."

In a similar plaint addressed to the Munich Conference attendees, the foreign minister noted that UN Resolution 1701, which ended the Israeli war with the Lebanese Hizbullah terrorist organization over this past summer, was not being fully implemented. She cited three failings: the arms embargo of the Hizbullah is not being enforced; the kidnapped Israeli soldiers have not been released from their Hizbullah captors; and the international force deployed in southern Lebanon is not dismantling Hizbullah's terrorist infrastructure.