'PM expects talks without delay'

Netanyahu reportedly gives Mubarak reassuring message on negotiations with Palestinians.

March 3, 2010 09:19
Mubarak and Netanyahu.

Mubarak Netanyahu 311 . (photo credit: Associated Press)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expects to launch peace negotiations with the Palestinians without delay, the premier told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in a telephone conversation on Tuesday night, according to Egyptian television.

Netanyahu reportedly expressed hope that Cairo would continue to support peace efforts.

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According to the report, Mubarak urged Netanyahu to create an atmosphere conducive to “real peace negotiations,” and said Israel must stop its military operations in the West Bank and lift the blockade imposed on Gaza.

He warned Netanyahu that Israel’s actions on the Temple Mount and its inclusion of Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs on the national heritage list were torpedoing peace efforts and provoking Arabs and Muslims.

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