Peace will only come when Israel's "security and settlement interests" are ensured, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday, adding "settlement interests" for the first time into his usual formula about Israel's security needs.
Netanyahu, speaking in Tiberias at a conference on Galilee development, also took the Palestinian Authority to task for the reception it gave the released Palestinian security prisoners overnight.
"Peace will come only when our security and settlement interests will be ensured," he said, placing "settlement interests" together with "security ones," a new formulation and slight change of nuance that could have significance as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives Thursday to push forward the talks with the Palestinians.
This remark comes just two days after the Ministerial Committee on Legislation voted in support of a bill that would annex the Jordan Valley, and as more voices are being raised in the Likud saying it is not enough for Israel to maintain an IDF presence in the Jordan Valley, but that the settlements there must remain as well.
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