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There is no partner other than Abbas, Israeli leader says
There is no partner other than Abbas, Israeli leader says
Leader of the Israeli Labor party Isaac Herzog meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah. December 01, 2013 (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)
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Gaza, ALRAY - An Israeli official said Monday that there is no point al all in wishing a partner other than Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Yediot Aharanot newspaper reported that Isaac Herzog, the opposition leader of Labor, said that “Abbas may not be the ideal partner for negotiations, he was all that Israel had, and hoping for a different negotiating partner was a waste of time,”

Herzog congratulated the war crimes suspect, Israel’s justice minister Tzipi Livni, for her peace-making efforts as chief Israeli negotiator, but claimed that the upper echelons of the ruling Likud party were not really interested in reaching a deal, according to the Yediot Aharanot report.

He urged the finance minister, Yair Lapid, and Livni to “pull their respective parties out of the coalition, calling the government's participation in the peace talks a sham.”

As for the situation on the ground, the newspaper said in a report Sunday quotng an Israeli official that "the security coordination between the Palestinian Authority security services and the Israeli army and security services did not change despite the stalled talks between Israel and the Palestinians.