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Israel PM ready for talks with Palestinian president until reaching a peace deal

01-03-2011 10:01 BJT

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Some encouraging news is emerging from the Middle East. Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu says he's ready to sit down with the Palestinian president for continuous one-on-one talks until they reach a peace deal.

Netanyahu issued a statement in an apparent bid to breathe life into the stalled Mideast peace process. Talks broke down in late September, just three weeks after they were launched at the White House, following the expiration of a limited Israeli freeze on settlement construction. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Israel must halt all construction on occupied lands claimed by the Palestinians for their future state before talks can resume. Netanyahu refused, but says he is ready to discuss all "core" issues with Abbas.

Mark Regev, Israeli PM’s Spokesman, said, "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called today upon the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to join him in direct face-to-face peace talks. The goal being - reaching an historic peace agreement. Now, reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians is possible. The only way to get there is through direct talks and the time to start is now."

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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