|Gilad Sher Briefs Diplomatic Corps on Camp David|
(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
Attorney Gilad Sher, Acting Foreign Minister Ben-Ami’s partner in the negotiations with the Palestinians and a member of the Israeli delegation to the Camp David Summit, today (14 August) gave a briefing to ambassadors and other diplomats stationed in Israel. More than 50 diplomats attended the event, which took place in Jerusalem and was organized by the Foreign Ministry.
Sher stressed Israel’s commitment and the Prime Minister’s resolve to reach an agreement that will constitute the end of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict and the finality of the historic claims of both sides.
Sher stressed also the sides’ commitment, as underlined by the joint declaration following the Camp David summit, to avoid unilateral steps and to settle disagreements through negotiations. Sher reiterated Israel’s expectation of the international community that it express an unambiguous position in this regard and reject the Palestinian threats to declare unilaterally a Palestinian state on 13 September.
Sher added that the implementation of the Israeli-Palestinian Permanent Status Agreement will require a political and financial international effort aimed at ensuring the region’s stability and prosperity. Sher recalled the commitment of the United States and President Clinton to the peace process, stating that this involvement is crucial to the achievement of the framework agreement. Initiatives and assistance efforts of States and Governments, it was stressed, should be coordinated with the United States.
Sher concluded his briefing by expressing cautious optimism regarding the resumption of the negotiations in keeping with the framework agreed upon in Madrid, Oslo and Sharm el-Sheikh, and the achievement of an agreement within a short period of time.