Bethlehem - Ma'an - Palestinian and Israeli officials have on Thursday called for direct negotiations between the two parties, aimed at reaching a final solution to the conflict, regardless of the precondition of a ceasefire.
A member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Yasir Abid Rabbo, said, "The Palestinians are ready to go to negotiations directly with the Israelis, regardless of any violations to the ceasefire that have already occurred."
The Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, has said that she is "proposing a new peace initiative between the Israelis and the Palestinians aiming to deal with several issues which have hit a deadlock." She told the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, that during the Sharon government the "Israelis could not say that they would not negotiate under fire, yet they had to say that they would not give any concessions under fire."
Livni added that her vision depends on a Palestinian state as a homeland for the Palestinians, next to the Israeli state, which is the homeland for the Jews. This will solve the problem of the Palestinian people and the refugees, she claimed. This vision, said Livni is a present from Israel to the Palestinians, however it also serves Israeli interests.