Netanyahu says Israel would give up 'some settlements' for peace

JERUSALEM Fri Mar 7, 2014 2:56pm EST

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, March 4, 2014.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would give up "some settlements" in occupied Palestinian land to help secure a peace agreement but would limit as much as he could the number of enclaves removed.

The settlements are a key issue in peace talks renewed under Washington's tutelage in July after a three-year impasse. Little progress has been reported though U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said he hopes to publish a framework for a deal soon.

"It is clear that some of the settlements, some of them, will not be included in the agreement. That's clear. Everyone understands that. I will ensure the number will be as small as possible, as far as is possible, if we get there," Netanyahu said.

The settlements built in territory captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East War are deemed illegal in international law and condemned by most governments.

Despite the peace negotiations, Israel has intensified construction in the past year. Central Bureau of Statistics figures released on Monday showed the number of new construction projects in the settlements doubled to 2,534 in 2013, from 1,133 in 2012.

Netanyahu's comments to Israel's Channel 2 television were his first in Hebrew to an expressly Israeli audience suggesting he would concede settlements for peace, though he made a similar commitment in English in a 2011 speech to the U.S. Congress.

They were recorded during a five-day visit to the United States from which he returned on Friday and which included talks at the White House with U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday about the issues delaying a peace deal. Obama has been critical of Jewish construction in the settlements, including calling for a freeze in 2009.

In May 2011 Netanyahu said for the first time he was prepared to give up settlements for peace though Palestinians at the time rejected other terms Israel had set for then stalled negotiations.

Palestinians say settlements that dot much of the West Bank landscape would bar them from establishing a contiguous independent state alongside Israel, a goal of peace talks.

(Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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Comments (26)
Arielyshein wrote:
President Obama:
The peace window was closed by the Arabs from day one up today.
In 1947 the Arabs refused to recognize a Jewish state.
In 2014 they refuse to recognized a Jewish state and declare end of conflict.

They want to get as much as possible benefits and still continue the conflict with Israel.

Without conflict continuations and world blackmail by terror the Palestinian politicians will not have any importance worldwide. They will be reduce to their marginal size of contribution to the world in all the perspectives.

You want to give a chance to peace?
Stop USA and EU funds to Palestinian used for:
conflict continuation-hate teaching preaching-helping Palestinian authority to avoid building a economy and a healthy government for their people.
—–
In English they are masking the goals.
The trough is been said to their people the Arabic language>

1: In Arabic- Interview to Al Jazeera with Abbas Zaki, senior member Palestinian:
“If we say that we want to wipe Israel out its too difficult.
It’s not acceptable policy to say so.
Don’t say these things to the world. Keep it to yourself.
Everybody knows that the greater goal cannot be accomplished in one go.

2:PLO platform:
“The struggle will not stop until the Zionist entity IS ELIMINATED”"

3:Palestine Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah inLebanon :
“The peace talks with Israel are part of ARAB STARTEGY TO ISOLATE ISRAEL and threaten its legitimacy.”

4:Hamas charter:
*”The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims kill the Jews.

5:PLO platform:
“The struggle will not stop until the Zionist entity IS ELIMINATED”"

Mar 07, 2014 3:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Arielyshein wrote:
President Obama:
The peace window was closed by the Arabs from day one up today.
In 1947 the Arabs refused to recognize a Jewish state.
In 2014 they refuse to recognized a Jewish state and declare end of conflict.

They want to get as much as possible benefits and still continue the conflict with Israel.

Without conflict continuations and world blackmail by terror the Palestinian politicians will not have any importance worldwide. They will be reduce to their marginal size of contribution to the world in all the perspectives.

You want to give a chance to peace?
Stop USA and EU funds to Palestinian used for:
conflict continuation-hate teaching preaching-helping Palestinian authority to avoid building a economy and a healthy government for their people.
—–
In English they are masking the goals.
The trough is been said to their people the Arabic language>

1: In Arabic- Interview to Al Jazeera with Abbas Zaki, senior member Palestinian:
“If we say that we want to wipe Israel out its too difficult.
It’s not acceptable policy to say so.
Don’t say these things to the world. Keep it to yourself.
Everybody knows that the greater goal cannot be accomplished in one go.

2:PLO platform:
“The struggle will not stop until the Zionist entity IS ELIMINATED”"

3:Palestine Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah inLebanon :
“The peace talks with Israel are part of ARAB STARTEGY TO ISOLATE ISRAEL and threaten its legitimacy.”

4:Hamas charter:
*”The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims kill the Jews.

5:PLO platform:
“The struggle will not stop until the Zionist entity IS ELIMINATED”"

Mar 07, 2014 3:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TBellchambers wrote:
When Ariel Sharon and Shimon Peres started the illegal settlement policy to establish so-called ‘facts on the ground’ in order to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state for the largest indigenous people of the region, the Muslim Arabs, they knew the criminality of their actions and that one day all thousands of Israelis that they induced with financial rewards to give up their homes in Israel in order to ‘settle’ in the Occupied Territories, would have to return to Israel.

That was the position then and that is the position now. ALL illegal settlements outside the Green Line must be dismantled in their entirety in order conform to international law and the judgement of the International Court of Justice, and the will of the UN and the EU.

The state of a Israel cannot be allowed to be a law unto itself and still be allowed to trade with Europe.

Mar 07, 2014 3:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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