Netanyahu ready for peace talks with Palestinians right now
Addressing the AIPAC Israeli lobby conference by satellite early Tuesday. May 5, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu offered peace talks “the sooner the better” on a triple track – political, economic and security. But peace will not come without security, he stressed: There will be “no compromise on Israel’s security and recognition of Israel as the Jewish people’s nation-state”.
The prime minister made no mention of a Palestinian state a point at issue with the Obama White House.
“Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu went on to say. “For the first time in my lifetime I believe that Arabs and Jews see the common danger. The challenges today present great opportunities as well.”
He is due in Washington May 19 for talks prepared by Israel’s president Shimon Peres, who met president Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday May 5.
Shortly before those talks, the White House spokesman said that Israel-Palestinian peace diplomacy has top priority for President Obama, thus stressing the second major sticking point between the US and Israel,which rather emphasizes the top urgency of first dealing with the fast-progressing Iranian nuclear weapon program as an impediment to Middle East peace.
Monday, addressing the AIPAC conference (Israeli lobby), Peres warned that
Iran is developing a nuclear option “even though it is threatened by no-one.” Tehran is arming Hizballah and Hamas “to impose its alien and violent agenda on the Middle East.”