Mideast: talks; Netanyahu thinking about unilateral moves

Aim is demilitarized Palestinian state recognizing Jewish state

23 May, 10:54

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, MAY 23 - Israeli Premier Benyamin Netanyahu told Bloomberg in an interview Friday that after peace talks with the Palestinian failed the ''the idea of taking unilateral steps is gaining ground, from the center-left to the center-right''. The Premier told Bloomberg the government does not want a bi-national state nor a Palestinian-Iranian state next door.

    Israel's objective, the premier stressed, is to have a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizing the Jewish state. He told the news agency that many Israelis are wondering whether unilateral moves could theoretically make sense to pursue this objective.

    Netanyahu did not specify the nature of such moves in the interview but noted that Israel will not replicate its 2005 decision to withdraw from Gaza after which Hamas gained strength. The problem among Palestinians, he said, is that their society is divided between those openly calling for Israel's destruction and the other half refusing to confront the demons on their own side. (ANSAmed)
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