In Emotional Speeches, Israel’s Livni, Peres Pledge Two-state Solution With Abbas

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With all this hugging and kissing, will this ensure that Palestinians get their freedom and dignity back?

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — In emotional speeches Thursday, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pledged to forge peace between their countries, calling the vision of two states, side by side, the only path.

With Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas watching, Livni told the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum that a Palestinian state is “not an illusion. It’s there, it’s achievable.”

Livni urged the international community to support moderates in the Middle East and told Abbas that “compromising with extremists will not promote anything,” a clear reference to Hamas and other militant groups.

Abbas listened intently, nodding his head, and afterward greeted her warmly with a long handshake. He reiterated that if he cannot form a unity government with Hamas officials, he would move to call early elections, but gave no specific timetable.

Livni spoke after Abbas said peace between Israel and the Palestinian territories was a concept whose time had come. In remarks at the session that also featured Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Abbas said that “peace is due and peace is forthcoming.”

Why do I get the feeling that this is deja vu all over again?

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