Israeli President Shimon Peres is not a spokesman for the Israeli government and does not represent its views when he publicly calls to resume peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, International Relations Minister Yuval Steinitz pointed out on Sunday.
“I did not know that Peres was appointed government spokesman, the government has a spokesperson of its own,” Steinitz said before Sunday morning’s cabinet meeting, after Peres, who the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Jordan, said that peace between Israel and the PA is “a real possibility,” adding that time should not be wasted in reaching an agreement.
“As far as the Palestinians are concerned we have a functioning beginning and an agreed solution. The solution is the two-state solution — living in peace and dignity,” Peres said.
“Decisions on diplomatic issue are made only in the government, and any such statement – to put it mildly – is not helpful to Israel,” Steinitz pointed out in response to the remarks by the President.
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