Israel Calls for Palestinian Concessions in Peace Talks

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Sunday that the peace process with the Palestinians was not "frozen," but said he was waiting for Palestinian concessions to move the talks forward.

"They're not frozen. We're talking," the Israeli leader said on CNN's "State of the Union" program.

But "it's time to talk about Palestinian concessions, too. Like recognizing the Jewish state," Netanyahu said.

"You want us to recognize the Palestinian state for the Palestinian people. How about recognizing the Jewish state for the Jewish people," he said.

Direct talks resumed in June after a three-year hiatus due primarily to Palestinian refusal to hold negotiations while settlement expansion continued.

Since then, Israel has announced plans to build thousands of new settler homes in the occupied West Bank -- territory the Palestinians want for their future state under any peace deal.

Last week, the peace process suffered a fresh blow after the entire Palestinian negotiating team resigned in protest against continued Israeli settlement building.

A day earlier, Israel canceled plans to build 20,000 new settler homes in the West Bank, hours after their announcement sparked U.S. and Palestinian criticism.

Comments 5
Thumb chrisrushlau 17 November 2013, 19:48

Or maybe this is Peter Sellars.

Default-user-icon amir (Guest) 17 November 2013, 20:01

Name of State keeps Changing
Zionist State of Israel
The State of Israel
The Jewish State of Israel
The Jewish State....

what next

Missing phillipo 18 November 2013, 08:08

Since 1948 there has only been one name - The State of Israel, everything else is just name playing by parties interested in playing down the legitimacy of the country.
In that period it hasn't changed its name, as Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and other Arab States have.

Missing bigjohn 18 November 2013, 01:12

"You want us to recognize the Palestinian state for the Palestinian people. How about recognizing the Jewish state for the Jewish people," he said."

The Zionists want to cleanse the Palestinians they did not cleanse in 1948 in Israel and refuse the right of return for the Palestinian refugees. Also, they want the Palestinians to approve it!

Abbas the collaborationist coward needs to make it clear that they will never support a two state solution that is separate and totally unequal because it is APARTHEID. The ONLY other solution is one state Majority democratic rule.

Missing phillipo 18 November 2013, 08:13

"The Zionists want to cleanse the Palestinians they did not cleanse in 1948 in Israel"
They want to cleanse? Is that why there are Arab Members of Israel's Parliament, is that why there are Arab Judges in the courts (including one on the Supreme Court), is that why there are thousands of Arab Lawyer, Doctors (including one who is the chief of a hospital complex in the Western Galilee), is that why there are hundreds of Arabs in the Israel Police force (including many senior officers). Why is it that Arabs play football for the National Team, and even have a team in the top league in the country. Why even Miss Israel a few years ago was an Arab.