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Asked how many conversations the PM had had with the Israeli PM, whether these conversations were robust, and for the Prime Minister s view on the Goldstone Report and prospects for Middle East peace, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister s priority throughout these negotiations had been to move the peace process forward. The PMS pointed out that all parties sought a balanced text in relation to the Goldstone Report.

The PMS confirmed the Prime Minister had spoken to Netanyahu on Wednesday evening and again this morning. The PMS pointed out that the Middle East process was a flexible and fast moving situation, and a vote would be likely to take place in Geneva this afternoon. The important elements of any text that emerged would be the question of whether Israel could have done more to avoid civilian casualties, second the question of progress toward opening Gaza crossings, third, progress toward a genuine settlement freeze and lastly a text that recognised Israel s right to self defence.

Asked for further details of the Prime Minister s conversation with Netanyahu, the PMS replied that the assembled press would not expect him to report in detail on discussions between the Prime Minister and other international leaders.

Asked to characterise the Prime Minister s conversations with Netanyahu, the PMS replied that the conversation had centred on Netanyahu s request that the UK revise its position on the possible vote. The PMS pointed out that the UK had available the text, the report and the opportunity for further discussions before the vote took place.

Asked for the Prime Minister s view on Netanyahu s request, the PMS said the Prime Minister would like to reach a position where parties were comfortable with a text that would make further progress in achieving the peace process.

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  1. Current trends seem to suggest that the future of Israel will be that of a binational state. While this is not something most Israelis want, even many conservative Israelis have concluded it may be inevitable.


    Comment by Canada Guy — 19 Oct 2009 on 11:41 pm | Link

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