FM Livni: "Israel hopes to advance the peace process in cooperation with the Palestinians, not without them."

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni met today (June 14) with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy to the Middle East, Sergei Yakovlev. She told him that a two-state solution means two nation states, where each provides a suitable solution for its people." She said that the international community must make it clear to the Palestinians that their demand for a solution to the refugee problem can only be achieved in the framework of an independent Palestinian state. Just as Israel serves as a national home to the Jewish people, and the establishment of the state resolved the problem of the Jewish refugees, so will the establishment of a Palestinian state be the national solution for the Palestinians, including their refugees.

Foreign Minister Livni added that a message to this effect from the international community would further a two state solution and serve the real interests of solving the conflict. Livni sees the international community as playing a central role in promoting an arrangement that will meet the needs of both parties: "Israel hopes to advance the peace process in cooperation with the Palestinians, not without them."

The Russian envoy reiterated his country’s position in support of Israel’s well-being and security.

Earlier, Foreign Minister Livni spoke by phone with her German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. They discussed the results of her visit to Luxembourg where she appeared before the plenum of the EU-Israel Association Council and met with eleven of her colleagues.