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Netanyahu: Mideast peace deal has three-level bases

08-23-2010 07:26 BJT

JERUSALEM, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that any peace deal with the Palestinians should have three-level bases including the recognition of Israel as a "Jewish people's state" and the establishment of a "demilitarized Palestinian state."

The peace will be based on three main levels, including "real security arrangements in the State of Israel", "recognizing Israel as the Jewish people's state" and "the establishment of the Palestinian state requires that it be demilitarized," local news service Ynet quoted the premier as saying at the weekly cabinet meeting.

"An agreement means ending the conflict. If these three layers exist, peace can be achieved," he added.

"Achieving peace is possible, but difficult," he said. "We can surprise all the doubters."

His remarks came as both Israel and the Palestinians have accepted a United States invitation to re-launch the direct peace talks.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced on Friday that the U.S. has invited the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to launch Middle East peace direct talks on Sept. 2 in Washington. She said the peace negotiations can be completed within one year, and the talks should start without precondition.

However, both the two Middle East feuds have blamed each other to lay preconditions for the talks, thus questioning the other side's faith.

The Israelis accused the Palestinian National Authority's demand to freeze the Jewish settlements construction of hindering the negotiations as a precondition. While Ramallah asserted that Israel has imposed conditions for the talks as repeatedly mentioning its "unchangeable" requirements in the future deal.

Netanyahu's remarks on Sunday echoed his speech at Bar Ilan University last year, where he said he would accept a demilitarized Palestinian statehood when the Palestinians recognize Israel as the national homeland of Jews.

The speech was quickly slammed and rejected by the Palestinians and the Arab world, who criticized the Israeli prime minister of presenting preconditions for establishing the Palestinian state. " Netanyahu will not find any Palestinian to talk to under the conditions he imposed on the creation of the Palestinian statehood, " Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian negotiator, said at that time.

Asked whether Netanyahu's remarks on Sunday are preconditions to the talks, Israeli Prime Minister Office's spokesman Mark Regev firmly denied. "They are not preconditions, and they are just the Israeli positions brought into the peace talks," Regev told Xinhua via phone.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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