Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday blamed the Palestinians for the impasse in the peace process, saying "I'm ready to begin negotiations immediately, but the Palestinians are doing all they can to avoid direct negotiations," Israel Radio reported.
Netanyahu, speaking during a meeting with his Belgian counterpart Yves Leterme, said that the Palestinian refusal to begin negotiations was an error on their part "because they need peace as much as we do."
The prime minister added that the Palestinian plan to seek recognition of a state at the UN in September would only serve to push back the cause of peace.
Leterme pledged Belgium's help to the Israelis and Palestinians and voiced his belief that the sides must enter negotiations in order to promote peace between them.
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