The ongoing negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians are not secret, but are being conducted quietly.
Addressing a gathering of directors-general of Israel government ministries, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni referred to the current negotiations with the Palestinians:
"The ongoing negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians are not secret, but are being conducted quietly. Past experience proves that when negotiations are conducted in the lights of the cameras, this results in the adoption of more extreme positions, the distortion of what is said in the negotiating room, the raising of expectations, followed by disappointment and violence. Faced with a choice between headlines and daily drama as opposed to results – I choose results.
The situation in the field requires us to conduct a dialogue on all issues while at the same time coping with the existing reality and the need to change it. In the final analysis, the reality will be examined and any agreement will be subject to the implementation of the Roadmap. This is the major achievement of the Annapolis Conference, and this is the understanding which forms the basis for the negotiations."