"Ideological differences" in Israeli gov't over settlements, stalling peace plan - Livni
The Israeli government cannot reach a consensus over the Palestinian peace process, Israeli Justice Minister, primary negotiator and head of Israel's parliamentary opposition Tzipi Livni announced on Thursday.
Livni's statement came hours ahead of a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is visiting Palestine and Israel as a part of a regional tour.
"There are ideological differences at the heart of the government," Livni told public radio and AFP reported.
The current standstill of the peace process "only serves the interests of those think that each passing day (without a peace agreement) allows them to build a new house," Livni said, in apparent reference to the increasing number of illegal Israel settlements on Palestinian territory and one of the major obstructions to peace negotiations.
AFP reported that she added, regarding the settlements, "But this is not the position of the majority of Israel's population".
Whilst he is in Palestine and Israel, Kerry will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli PM Benjami Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres
The Israeli coalition government is currently headed by Netanyahu and includes the nationalist and rightwing party 'Jewish Home' and the centrist-based party Yesh Atid.
Both Yesh Atid and Jewish Home oppose the cessation of any settlement building, which is a key Palestinian demand and precondition for peace talks.