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Israeli PM calls for direct peace talks with Palestinians

07-08-2010 19:01 BJT

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for direct peace talks with Palestinians during a speech in New York. Netanyahu also attached great importance to the issue of easing its blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu said both Israelis and Palestinians should do more for security, legitimacy and prosperity in the region.

Negotiations will be required for the two sides to resume peace talks.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "I want to enter direct talks with the Palestinian leadership now. I call on President Mahmoud Abbas to meet me in the coming days to begin peace talks so that we can have in fashion a final peace between Israel and its Palestinian neighbors."

Israel has begun to allow more consumer goods into the Gaza Strip.

Raw materials will flow into Gaza's shuttered factories to boost its economy.

But the prospects for rebuilding the damage caused by Israel's military offensive last year still remain uncertain.

Construction materials would be permitted to enter only under Israeli supervision for use in projects overseen by international agencies.

A naval blockade on the Gaza Strip still remains in place to keep weapons from reaching Hamas.

Gaza business people and human rights groups have expressed concern that Israel's changes will largely be cosmetic.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV.CN

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