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Netanyahu says he’ll make peace

July 9, 2010

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— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday he intends to “confound” critics and skeptics and make peace with the Palestinians — but he said he needs a partner.

Netanyahu challenged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to sit down with him. If he does, the Israeli leader said a peace agreement could be reached in a year.

Netanyahu’s message to Israelis, Americans and the wider world two days after patching up relations with President Barack Obama was that he became prime minister for a second time to take “political risks” for real peace.

He told several hundred people at the Council on Foreign Relations that it’s time to stop putting conditions on direct Israeli-Palestinian talks and start negotiations “now, next week, in two weeks.”

“We’re ready to make far-reaching concessions today, and the best way to test that is to start negotiations,” Netanyahu said.

Comments

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 10 months ago

There's an old, old saying: The Palistinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

So, while we can be hopeful, it's best to not hold your breath.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

Israel has been just as resistant to a political solution as the Palestinians have, and have seized over half of the lands that the UN set aside for Palestinians in the process.

Words are cheap, so just because Netanyahu says he wants peace doesn't mean he'll actually follow through, or if the hard-core rightwing Israelis will let him

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 10 months ago

Just goes to show - when you lose a war, there are consequences. So, it's best to not start one. After six wars, Israel has yet to lose, and the Arabs have yet to win.

But, there is a history there. No Arab nation has won a war in the last hundred years, except against another Arab country.

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