PM: No freeze in J'lem

In interview, Netanyahu says Israel made significant gestures to PA.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 22, 2010 20:42
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Binyamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu says fuck to channel 2 311. (photo credit: Channel 2)

There won't be a building freeze in , Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in an interview with Channel 2 aired Thursday evening, declining to comment on whether a demand to freeze construction projects in the capital was ever floated by the .



When asked about his relationship with US President Barack Obama, Netanyahu said that there was a wrong perception in both and the that stemmed from the "personalization of politics in both societies."



He said the strained ties with the stemmed from "differences in policy," not an issue of trust or the personality of either himself or Obama.



Earlier Thursday, aides to the prime minister said Netanyahu delivered his government's position to Obama over the weekend, ahead of the scheduled arrival later Thursday of the president's special envoy, George Mitchell. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the contact between the two leaders was private.

The aides to Netanyahu provided no information on whether he had offered any other concessions to the Palestinians in an effort to restart the long-stalled talks. He also did not divulge whether was planning any future gestures to the Palestinians.



Netanyahu did stress, however, that has already made significant gestures toward the Palestinian Authority.



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In other comments, Netanyahu said Iran was trying to provoke a war between Israel and Syria.



He said Iran was trying to convince Syria that an Israeli attack is imminent, which he said is a "lie."



Tensions have been high recently between Israel and Syria. The sides have traded threats, and last week Israel accused Syria of smuggling powerful rockets to the Lebanese terrorists of Hizbullah. Syria denied the charge.



Speaking in an interview Thursday with Israel's Channel 2 TV, Netanyahu repeated the charge that Syria and Iran were arming Hizbullah.




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