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A step toward Middle East peace?

Netanyahu and Abbas meet for talks in Washington today


In what will be their first direct talks in almost two years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Thursday in Washington, D.C. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and George Mitchell, the U.S. Mideast peace envoy, are to act as mediators for the talks. The hope is these talks will launch future talks, and, ultimately, an agreement within a year on the creation of a Palestinian state. Netanyahu said any agreement must guarantee his country’s security. “We left Lebanon, we got terror. We left Gaza, and we got terror once again. We want to ensure that territory we concede will not be turned into a third Iranian-sponsored terror enclave aimed at the heart of Israel,” he said. Abbas said the Palestinians must seize the opportunity to carve out a peace agreement: “We don’t want blood to be shed, neither that of Palestinians nor of Israelis. We want peace, we want normal life. We want to live as partners and neighbours.”

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A step toward Middle East peace?

  1. Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims have not wanted peace in decades, they want to throw the Jews into the Sea and finish the ethnic cleansing of the middle east. Christians, Jews and even the unpopular sects of Islam have been under attack for years in all the Arab/Muslim countries, nothing has changed lately, the 'peace' talks are a ruse – a complete waste of time and energy.

  2. If anyone is cleansing anything it's Israel, expanding, taking building, white phosphorusificating….

    • Get real, Lackey ! If Israel really wanted to to destroy the so-called Palestine entity, it would take them no longer than about four hours to do so. The PLO Charter to this day does not recognize the right of Israel to exist and threatens to destroy it by armed struggle. Also, Hamas, the 800 lb. gorilla, is not even in the negotiating room. So is there any doubt that Obama's horse and pony show will not only end in failure, it will end in another intifada.

      • kindly refrain from insulting gorillas.