Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday addressed stalled peace talks with the Palestinians, saying he was ready to restart negotiations "tomorrow morning."
During a meeting with visiting Greek President Karlos Papoulias, Netanyahu blamed the Palestinians for the failure to revive talks which failed in September 2010. "Unfortunately, they refuse" to return to the negotiating table, the prime minister said.RELATED:Flotilla to Gaza founders as Greece stays the courseJ'lem hopes Quartet will come out against PA's UN bid
Netanyahu thanked Papoulias for Greece's great help during the Carmel
wildfire and in stopping the flotilla attempting to break the blockade
of the Gaza Strip. The prime minister noted the deep friendship between
Greece and Israel and added that bilateral economic and tourism
cooperation should be strengthened and enhanced.
Regarding the flotilla, Netanyahu pointed out that growth in the Gaza
Strip stood at 25% and that all food items were entering the Strip.
"Whoever wants to free Gaza must work to free it from the Hamas regime,
which acts cruelly and harshly toward minorities – and those who seek
peace – in the Strip," he said.
President Shimon Peres met the visiting Greek leader
earlier on Monday, thanking him for the significant role played by Greece in blocking the Gaza-bound flotilla.