Kadima, Labor Talks Stalled

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - While headlines in several Israeli papers state that Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's Kadima party and Defense Minister Ehud Barak's Labor party are close to clinching an agreement, the two parties failed to meet a tentative Tuesday deadline. They plan to try again Friday to finalize a deal.

Labor party officials canceled Tuesday's meeting when Barak's advisors told him the documents presented by Livni's team were not consistent with talks between the two leaders.

"In such a situation, there is still no basis for an agreement and it is a waste [of time] to meet," one of the foreign minister's senior advisors said.

"The documents we received were insulting. They were just pleasant statements, but we will not settle for general talk. This is not a fake crisis. It is completely real. And if Kadima does not take our demands seriously, then despite what they think, there will be elections," he said.

Livni's team responded by saying that in light of the global economic crisis, it was a shame the meeting was canceled, insisting that Kadima's proposals were extremely generous.

Among Labor's demands the Kadima proposal did not meet is Barak's desire to lead Israel's peace negotiations with Syria.

Source: Haaretz

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