US skeptical of Netanyahu offer to directly negotiate with Palestinians

May 24, 2016 20:45


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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration responded with skepticism on Tuesday to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's call for direct negotiations with the Palestinian Authority in Paris, and to the PA's rebuke of the offer.

Netanyahu has said that an international effort led by France to outline a two-state solution circumvents the parties to the conflict themselves - an approach that he, as well as previous US administrations, has argued is counterproductive.

But one senior State Department official questioned whether Netanyahu's call for direct talks necessarily means he is willing to make peace.

"We of course support meaningful negotiations and we continue to believe that this conflict can only be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties," the official told The Jerusalem Post, while adding: "We do not believe in negotiations just for the sake of negotiations."

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