The very fact that the Quartet called on both sides to begin direct negotiations without preconditions is a victory for the position of the Israeli govenment.

 Statement by Deputy FM Ayalon

 

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(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said with regard to the statement issued on Friday (19 March 2010) by the Middle East Quartet in Moscow that: "The very fact that the Quartet called on both sides to begin direct negotiations without preconditions is a victory for the position of the Israeli govenment." He also stressed that "the historic alliance between the United States and Israel has not been impaired."

With regard to building in Israel, Deputy FM Ayalon assessed that "Building in Jerusalem will not be frozen – this has not happened in the last 42 years – but we may have to exert greater supervision and coordination. Israel has made many confidence-building steps and the pressure must be on the Palestinians who have only entrenched themselves in their position."

With regard to Iran, Deputy FM Ayalon said: "Iran poses a threat to the entire world, including the Arab states. I believe that multilayered economic sanctions against Iran will be imposed soon by the UN Security Council that will grant individual states the legitimacy to impose stricter sanctions of their own. The fact that the United States tried for a year to conduct a dialogue with Iran gives those states which have not supported sanctions against Iran in the past the legitimacy to change their position and to vote in favor of sanctions."