FM Livni remarked on the political process with the Palestinians and the Iranian threat.

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

In the course of a meeting with a delegation of American Jewish leaders headed by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (Dem. New York), Vice Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni made the following remarks:

"Any political process between Israel and the Palestinians must be based on two basic premises: the establishment of the Palestinian state will constitute the sole solution to the issue of Palestinian refugees, and the Palestinian state cannot be a terror state. We cannot compromise on the entry of refugees into Israel. Our expectations from the process must accord with our ability to reach understandings that represent Israeli interests."

With regard to the Iranian threat, FM Livni said: "The moderates are watching the world. If the world will not halt Iran and take strong action against its policies, the strength of the moderates in our region will be undermined along with the positive processes we are trying to advance. Time is of the essence and as many international bodies as possible must be recruited to this effort now. The world cannot acknowledge even the words spoken by the dangerous Iranian regime."

FM Livni noted the 21st birthday of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit and stressed Israel’s commitment to the release of the abducted soldiers.