The U.S. State Department called Wednesday for Israel and the Palestinians to press ahead with direct peace talks, citing comments by a senior Palestine Liberation Organization official that the Palestinians would be willing to recognize Israel in any way it desires if the Americans were to present a map indicating the borders of the future Palestinian state based on the borders of 1967.
“This is exactly the right conversation that the Israelis and Palestinians need to have, to be exchanging ideas on how to advance this process to a successful conclusion,” Crowley said. “But it also is a reminder of the limitation of, making offers and counteroffers by long distance and through the media, as opposed to sitting down face to face in a direct negotiation.”
“This underscores exactly why we feel it is imperative for the Israelis and Palestinians to stay committed to direct negotiations. This conversation has to take place face to face,