Netanyahu backs Kerry peace efforts, calls for talks

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 22, 2013 00:47




Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that he is ready to fully participate in the latest peace push touted by US Secretary of State John Kerry, the premier told The Washington Post yesterday.

"If Secretary Kerry, whose efforts we support, were to pitch a tent halfway between [Jerusalem] and Ramallah, I’m in it, I’m in the tent," Netanyahu told the paper. "And I’m committed to stay in the tent and negotiate for as long as it takes to work out a solution of peace and security between us and the Palestinians."

The premier accused the Palestinians of using the settlements as an excuse to avoid talks and evade recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, which he said was a basic requirement for peace.


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