Netanyahu: Peace talks with Palestinians will continue if I'm elected

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu said that if he wins coming elections, he will continue political peace talks with the Palestinians. Polls currently place the Likud party and Kadima neck and neck ahead of February elections. Netanyahu's office has said peace talks launched last year by US President George W. Bush have failed to make headway, and he has signaled he would cut off the negotiations if elected. But after meeting with international peace envoy Tony Blair in Jerusalem Monday, Netanyahu said he would move political negotiations forward if he wins the election. The meeting came a day after Israeli, Palestinian and international negotiators pledged to continue the talks after Bush leaves office early next year.