No Palestinian state on '67 borders - Israeli gov't official
The Israeli government will not allow the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the 1967 borders, the Israeli deputy Defence Minister said on Sunday.
The utilisation of the '67 borders have been a key demand of the Palestinian's regarding the peace process.
Using the borders that existed between the Palestinians and Israelis prior to the 1967 war, the Palestinian state would include east Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. All of these territories were forcibly taken by Israel during the Arab Israeli war.
Speaking on Israel Radio on Sunday, deputy Defence Minister Danny Danon said that the Israeli government will not allow Palestine to take these lands back, according to AP.
He made these comments a few days ahead of an expected visit from proactive US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Danon is not an infalliable mouthpiece - last week, the Israeli government distanced itself from similar comments he made on the peace process, according to AP.
Tzipi Livni, chief Israeli negotiator, also spoke to the radio station on Sunday. AP reported that she told them she remains hopeful that effective peace talks will resume with the Palestinians, despite disruptive 'elements' in the Israeli government.