Thursday, December 23, 2010

Netanyahu: World starting to understand that Not Israel but Iran is obstacle to Mideast peace

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the world is starting to understand that Israel is not the obstacle to Middle East peace, Israel Radio reported on Thursday.

Netanyahu placed the blame for the lack of progress in the peace process on Iran's influence as well as internal divisions within Fatah, the ruling party in the West Bank.

In a meeting with reporters from Russian-language media outlets in Israel, Netanyahu said that the world now knows that Iran's armament is the main problem in the Middle East, not the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The prime minister said the Palestinians are not willing to move forward with the peace process due to Iranian pressure and internal tensions within Fatah.

The world understands that the nuclear arming of Iran is the main problem in the Middle East now, and not the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Netanyahu added.