JERUSALEM: Israel’s chief negotiator called yesterday for direct talks with the Palestinians, as attempts continue to prevent the collapse of peace negotiations.
Tzipi Livni’s remarks came on the eve of a three-way meeting with her Palestinian counterpart Saeb Erakat and US envoy Martin Indyk, officials said.
Livni told Channel 2 TV that the “intensive” US involvement in the talks might have got in between the actual sides in conflict. The Americans should remain involved but “as those who help negotiations and bilateral talks, rather than as their replacement,” she said.
Livni said the release of prisoners was delayed only because of the Palestinian demand that the prisoners to be freed include Arab Israelis. That, she told Channel 2, would necessitate a new framework. AFP