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Israeli PM: Patience on peace

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the Palestinians yesterday not to take unilateral steps toward statehood, saying Israel was working closely with Washington on ways to restart peace talks.

JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the Palestinians yesterday not to take unilateral steps toward statehood, saying Israel was working closely with Washington on ways to restart peace talks.

“We expect the Palestinians to fulfill their commitment to hold the direct talks. I think that any attempt to circumvent them by going to international bodies is not realistic and it will not advance the real diplomatic process,” he said.

Peace talks that began in Washington on Sept. 2 are in limbo over Palestinian demands for a freeze of Israeli construction on land they want for a state and Netanyahu’s refusal to reimpose limits on building in settlements in the occupied West Bank.

 
 
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