Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Netanyahu is determined to advance peace talks

From Ynet News, 18 January 2011, by Attila Somfalvi:

...Prime minister briefs Americans on political drama ...he will work to renew negotiations

...Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is determined to speed up the dialogue with the United States in a bid to renew the regional peace process, state officials said Monday night.

...The prime minister's advisors contacted American, Palestinian and European elements in the midst of the political drama created Monday following Barak's announcement, in a bid to clarify that Netanyahu is determined to advance the peace talks.

..."Netanyahu will not make any political considerations when it comes to the peace process," a Jerusalem source said. "The prime minister has made a strategic decision to advance to an agreement as long as Israel's security demands are met. He is aware of the opportunity created in his second term and plans to make use of it."

Sources close to the prime minister noted that the opposition would back any progress made in the peace talks. "Kadima will be committed to the peace process and to progress made on the Palestinian channel or any other channel," one of the sources noted.

Barak's departure from Labor, the source added, "has made it clear to Kadima that the elections are still far off."

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