PM with Chilean Pres. Pinera 311.
(photo credit: Marc Sellem)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday met with Chilean President Sebastian Piñera in Jerusalem to discuss developments in peace talks with the Palestinians.
Abbas calls for full Palestinian membership in the UN
Responding to Piñera's call on Netanyahu "not to miss the opportunity for peace," Netanyahu told reporters "we are prepared to sit down and negotiate peace. And the Palestinians have found a variety of excuses not to do so."
"Whereas Israel and I have been willing to move on this road, I've not seen the parallel willingness to do the same [by the Palestinians]. Because they're relying on a Pavlovian reflex of the international community," the prime minister said. "Basically they say, we don't have to negotiate, we can sit back, we can teach our children to idolize mass killers – they named a public square in Ramallah ten minutes from here, for a terrorist who murdered 400 innocent Israelis. They can do that and get away with it."
Speaking on Chile's recognition of a Palestinian state, Piñera told Netanyahu: "As we always thought Israel has the right to exist with borders recognized by the international community, so the Palestinians have the right to have their own free and democratic state."
Chile is one of a number of South American countries that have recognized a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines.
Netanyahu also urged Piñera to work with Israel in exerting pressure on Iran, which the prime minister said would be "immune to all pressures of democratization; will continue to butcher its people...and will continue to propel instability to the rest of the world."
The prime minister thanked the Chilean president for participating with international community to stop Iran's nuclear program.
Piñera responded that "we share our vision that the peace-loving countries of the world
should not allow Iran to become a nuclear power, because that will be a
big problem and danger and threat not only for the Middle East, but for
the whole world.
Piñera also met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas over the weekend.
the meeting, Abbas said the time has come for Palestine to become a
permanent member of the United Nations, reiterating his opposition to
the idea of a state with temporary borders.
He expressed hope
that a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines would be declared by
September and blamed Israel for the current stalemate in the peace
Abbas also called on members of the Quartet to take
measures that would “force Israel to end its aggression and occupation
of our lands.”