Thursday, November 11, 2010

Netanyahu meeting Clinton says Israel serious and committed to Peace

(Reuters).Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's says he's still serious about reaching a peace deal with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu was in New York to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. He said he and Clinton have not met face-to-face since September. That's when a new round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations began in Jerusalem.

Clinton has said she is concerned because Israel has plans to build apartments in east Jerusalem, but before the meeting she refused to respond to a question about disagreements over the issues between Netanyahu and President Obama.

"We've been talking and will talk today about how to resume them to continue this process to get the historic agreement with peace and security between us and the Palestinians," Netanyahu said.

"I would like to add that we also hope to broaden it to many other Arab countries. So this is our common goal. We're quite serious about doing it and we want to get on with it."

Asked by a reporter whether peace talks would resume soon, Clinton replied, "That's what we're going to be discussing. We're both very committed to it."