Netanyahu: Israel wasting valuable time with 'virtual' talks

Israel must stop wasting its time with "virtual" peace talks and instead focus on helping the Palestinian economy, Opposition Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu said following a meeting on Wednesday with Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair. "The meeting strengthened my position that the Kadima government led by [Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert and [Foreign Minister Tzipi] Livni continues to waste valuable time," he said. "Instead of wasting Israel's efforts in achieving a virtual peace which will be bad to both the Palestinians and to Israel, we need to focus on helping the Palestinians build up their economy," Netanyahu continued. "That is a policy which I will bring as prime minister. It will be good for Israel, for the Palestinians, and for peace."