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Netanyahu wants demilitarized PA state.


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Jeruslaem Post: Binyamin Netanyahuhas now clarified his position on the issue of two states. The White House has rightly accepted the proposals. There appear to be early grumblings of opposition from the Palestinian leaders but they should grasp the opportunity for lasting peace, it is a fair proposal:

Herb Kelnon in The Jerusalem Post: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lifted the shroud from his diplomatic endgame on Sunday night, saying at the BESA Center at Bar-Ilan University that he would support a Palestinian state if he received international guarantees that it would be demilitarized, and if the Palestinians accepted Israel as the Jewish homeland.

“If we receive this guarantee regarding demilitarization and Israel’s security needs, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people, then we will be ready in a future peace agreement to reach a solution where a demilitarized Palestinian state exists alongside the Jewish state,” Netanyahu said to applause – the first time he has said he would accept a Palestinian state.

US President Barack Obama welcomed the prime minister’s speech, calling it an important step forward.

“The president is committed to two states, a Jewish State of Israel and an independent Palestine, in the historic homeland of both peoples,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement. “He believes this solution can and must ensure both Israel’s security and the fulfillment of the Palestinians’ legitimate aspirations for a viable state, and he welcomes Prime Minister Netanyahu’s endorsement of that goal…”more

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