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September 24, 2014 10:41 am

Israel’s Justice Minister Livni Says Palestinian State Will Never Have Full Sovereignty

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Saeb Erekat and Tzipi Livni, chief Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in the now-defunct peace talks, are pictured on Jan. 31 at the Munich Security Conference. Photo: Marc Müller via Wikimedia Commons.

Times of Israel – Israel’s insistence on ongoing security precautions in the West Bank does not constitute an insurmountable obstacle to Palestinian statehood and sovereignty, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni told The Times of Israel. But it was always clear, from the start of negotiations, she added, that due to Israel’s security needs a Palestinian state would not enjoy “full and complete sovereignty.”

In an interview ahead of Rosh Hashanah, Livni, who led Israel’s negotiating team in this year’s failed negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, said the collapse of the peace process was deeply disappointing, but that it was “not too late” to restart talks.

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