Thursday, September 29, 2011

If Abbas is willing, peace within a year, Netanyahu says

Shlomo Cesana
Prime minister in wide-ranging New Year's interview with Israel Hayom •
 “The real test will be if Abbas meets us for negotiations” 
• Forum of Eight not able to reach consensus on Quartet proposal
 for renewal of talks with Palestinians.

"My main achievement was political -- there was no declaration of a Palestinian state in September." 
 Photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom
In the full interview (which appears further down the Israel Hayom English Newsletter), Netanyahu said the Quartet proposal for the renewal of negotiations was workable, but he doubted Abbas' willingness to strike a deal that would lead to peace. “Abbas needs to decide if he is going to lead his people to peace or not. He disappointed me in his address to the U.N. He took a step backwards,” Netanyahu said.