Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Netanyahu to US Congress delegation: Palestinian state can be achieved only through peace deal

(Ynet).Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Wednesday with US senators and stressed that Palestinian statehood would only be achieved through an agreement with Israel.

Netanyahu said that if the Palestinians go ahead with their plan to declare an independent state in the UN, they would not feel committed to reaching an agreement through negotiation.

An agreement would only be achieved through negotiation and if other countries join this stance, he said. The prime minister claimed that a demand for an agreement would take the sting out of any Palestinian declaration of statehood.

Netanyahu also addressed security arrangements saying that they would include not only more Iron Dome batteries but also long term presence in the Jordan Valley.