Livni: 2008 Deal Unlikely

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said chances for reaching an agreement with the Palestinians by the end of the year are slim.

Livni made her assessment to US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during her visit to Israel.

"The time frame in which an agreement will be reached is important," Livni said, "but its content is even more important."

"Strict timetables may create expectations, disappointment and violence. As a lesson from the past, we must give the sides the room and the time to reach an agreement. We also know that agreements that lack clarity only perpetuate the conflict, not bring it to an end," she said.

With regard to the Gaza Strip, the foreign minister said "the peace process is in and of itself important, but will not alter the situation in Gaza. If there is no change in Gaza, Gaza will become a regional problem that will constitute an obstacle to the ability to reach a settlement and to its implementation," Livni said.

Source: Haaretz

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