DFM Ayalon calls on Europeans to "make it clear to the Palestinians that failure to comply with the Quartet’s conditions will be met with sanctions."
(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Today (Wednesday, 4 May 2011), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon met with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet in the framework of a bilateral dialogue, where relations between the two nations were discussed.
After the meeting, at a press conference, Ayalon said in reference to the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal that: "Today it is clear that the Palestinian Authority is reluctant to move towards peace. The fact that the PA prefers Hamas over negotiations for peace delivers a mortal blow to the process."
In a message to European leaders, Ayalon said: "As the largest funders of the Palestinian Authority, you have a heavy responsibility to make it clear to the Palestinians that failure to comply with the Quartet’s conditions will be met with sanctions."
The Deputy Foreign Minister is currently visiting the Baltic nations; Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Ayalon is discussing with his counterparts, issues, amongst others, involving the strategic changes in the Middle East and their implications, the dangers of a unilateral declaration of statehood by the Palestinians and the Iranian nuclear threat and its support for terror.
In addition, strengthening ties between Israel and the Baltic nations and promoting business partnerships were discussed.