Know More About Palestine

Monday Jan. 3, 2011 6:46 PM (EST+7)
U.S. renews Mideast peace bid after holiday break

Read more: Benjamin Netenyahu, settlement freeze, peace talks, Egypt, Mahmoud Abbas, United States, Washington

JERUSALEM, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday senior U.S. officials will return to the Middle East this week to renew peacemaking efforts with Israel and the Palestinians.

Direct peace talks collapsed late last year in a dispute over Jewish settlement building in the occupied West Bank, part of the land Palestinians seek for a state.

Netanyahu said White House Middle East aide Dennis Ross and other U.S. officials would arrive later in the week. On Thursday, Netanyahu plans to hold talks in Egypt with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Our goal is one, to strengthen security and reach peace, Netanyahu told members of his Likud party.

Speaking earlier to parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, Netanyahu again accused the Palestinians of holding up peace negotiations.

The problem is not settlements, but the lack of their (Palestinians') readiness to recognise Israel as the Jewish state, Netanyahu said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday that he expected Washington to do more to confront Israeli settlement building and demanded construction stop in order for peace talks to restart.

Palestinians fear settlements, built on land Israel captured in a 1967 war, will deny them a viable and contiguous state. Israel says the future of the enclaves should be decided in peace talks and a building freeze should not be a precondition for negotiations. (Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Noah Barkin)






Al-Madaris St. (same building as
MBC and al-Arabiya studios)
First Floor, Al-Bireh
PO Box 4045, Ramallah
PO Box 25047, Jerusalem 97300
Phone: ++972-2-297-6555
Fax: ++972-2-297-6555
Log in to My JMCC
 or Sign Up
Forgot your password?Close
Front Page
My Comments Photo of the Day
Calendar Hot Spot(for journalists)
Audio of the Day Video of the Day
Most Popular Historical Timeline
Noticeboard Blogs
My Tags Help Desk
User Info
First Name
Last Name
My Tags 
I am a
After signing up,you will receive
an automatically
generated password in your
Recover Password
Submit Your Email
 or Sign Up