Netanyahu calls on Arab world to engage with Israel

July 23, 2009 20:25

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday called on the Arab world to engage with Israel and praised the Arab initiative for regional peace. "I believe that this spirit can help create an atmosphere in which a comprehensive peace is possible," Netanyahu said during a reception at the residence of Egyptian Ambassador Yasser Reda in Herzliya. The prime minister also praised Bahraini Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa for a Washington Postop-ed in which he said that the Arab world had "not done enough to communicate directly with the people of Israel," Channel 2 reported.

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