“Responsible conduct is required of each and every country. A vote for the Palestinian initiative is a vote for conflict.”

 Deputy FM Danny Ayalon briefs African ambassadors in Israel

 

Briefing for African ambassadors at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Photo: Yossi Zamir)

On Sunday, June 12, 2011, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Danny Ayalon, convened a meeting of more than ten ambassadors and diplomats from African countries who are serving in Israel, for a briefing on the Palestinian initiative in September.

During the briefing, the deputy minister told the African ambassadors about Israel’s position on the unilateral initiative, and asked them to act according to the principle that they themselves established and follow in the framework of the African union, i.e., the principle of dialogue and negotiations between the parties. “Responsible conduct is required of each and every country. A vote for the Palestinian initiative is a vote for conflict.”

During the briefing the deputy minister said, “Today it is clear that the Palestinian Authority is the intransigent party with regard to peace. The Palestinian Authority’s preference for Hamas over direct talks with Israel is a mortal blow to the chances for advancing the political process with the Palestinians.”

In answer to the question of one of the ambassadors about the Palestinian threat to return to the 1947 lines, Ayalon replied: “It’s not serious. If the Palestinians can claim a return to the 1947 lines, we can demand a return to the 1922 lines, which include the area to the west of the Jordan River.”

The participants in the briefing came from Angola, Cameroon, Congo (Kinshasa), the Ivory Coast, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.