Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Netanyahu: Palestinians made a strategic choice to delay peace talks

(Haaretz).Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday of having chosen to postpone peace negotiations with Israel indefinitely as a "strategy."

"It appears that the Palestinians have adopted a strategy of delaying negotiations with Israel, and this is in order to refrain from meeting the demands of Israel and the international community, which require comprises on the Palestinian side," Netanyahu told the cabinet.

He made the comments during a three-hour meeting held to discuss a freeze on new construction in West Bank settlements. Netanyahu announced the move two weeks ago, calling the moratorium a bid to restart stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu added: "The Palestinian Authority is making a mistake that they must understand: There will not be a real solution without direct negotiations with Israel, within whose framework we will reach accords and agreements."

During the meeting, the ministers were briefed by director of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, the head of the Shin Bet security service, Yuval Diskin, and Foreign Ministry and defense officials.