Barak: Lack of Mideast deal biggest threat

Jan. 26, 2010 at 11:12 AM
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TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak says the lack of a Mideast peace deal is a greater threat to Israel than an Iranian nuclear bomb.

Speaking Tuesday at a conference in Tel Aviv, Barak said the continued stalemate in the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks posed huge risks to Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported.

"The lack of defined boundaries within Israel, and not an Iranian bomb, is the greatest threat to our future," he said while calling on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to return to the negotiating table.

"I am proud to be a member of a government that has taken upon itself the responsibility of addressing issues pertaining to the Road Map." the newspaper quoted the defense minister as saying.

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