Former PM Barak: We Must Divorce Ourselves From The Palestinians

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak arrives for the opening plenary session of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), on September 22, 2014 in New York City. The annual meeting, established in 2005 by President Clinton, convenes global leaders to discuss solutions to world problems. …
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Ynetnews reports: Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and former Foreign Minister (and current MK) Tzipi Livni took part in the Global Baku Forum (GBF) in the past week.

The forum, conducted in Azerbaijan’s capital city, gathered former heads of state from around the world in order to discuss and analyze conflict resolution, security, and diplomacy on the international stage.

Barak appeared in a panel with several other former leaders, from countries such as Finland, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia, Macedonia, and Montenegro. He said of Israel and the Palestinians that the time to wake up is now, for leaders and members of the public on both sides.

The Palestinians will not accept Israeli control of their destiny as a permanent solution, but both sides know that Israel is strong, Barak said. He compared conflict resolution to a painful divorce, rather than a love story.

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