The head of Israel's team of negotiators in the talks with the Palestinian Authority has claimed that the discussions address "all of the important issues". Justice Minister Tzipi Livni added that she expects the negotiations to go beyond the nine months limit set by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
In an interview with Israel's Channel Two, the minister stressed that the main purpose of the negotiations is to reach a permanent agreement rather than another interim deal.
"Both sides will soon know the reality of whether progress can be made, and whether the talks are moving in the right direction or not," Livni insisted. She noted that the Israelis and Palestinians have the desire to reach a long-lasting peace agreement, not a temporary one, while moving forward towards peace.