Netanyahu: Root of conflict is not land

In his first direct response to the Qatari proposal of minor land swaps for peace with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday:  "The root of the conflict isn't territorial. It began way before 1967. The Palestinians' failure to accept the state of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people is the root of the conflict. If we reach a peace agreement, I want to know that the conflict won't continue – that the Palestinians won't come later with more demands." He added however that Israel is not laying down any preconditions for peace talks with the Palestinians.
The Qatari proposal is a modifier of the original 2002 Arab peace initiative which called for a straight trade between Israel’s full withdrawal to pre-1967 lines and normal relations with the Arab world.
 

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