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Netanyahu: We are willing to negotiate based on the Arab Peace Initiative


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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. [File photo]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his willingness to enter into negotiations with Arab countries on the basis of the Arab Peace Initiative.

“The Arab Peace Initiative includes positive elements that can help revive constructive negotiations with the Palestinians,” Netanyahu said during a joint press conference held with Avigdor Lieberman after the Knesset approved the appointment of Lieberman as defence minister yesterday.

“I remain committed to making peace with the Palestinians and with all our neighbours, as the Arab Peace Initiative includes positive elements that can help revive constructive negotiations with the Palestinians,” he said.

We are willing to negotiate with the Arab states’ revisions to that initiative so that it reflects the dramatic changes in the region since 2002, but maintains the agreed goal of two states for two peoples,” he added.

Netanyahu also welcomed Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi’s offer to advance peace and security in the region. Al-Sisi had called for the need to achieve peace between Israelis and Arabs and Palestinians.

The Arab Peace Initiative stipulates the establishment of an internationally recognised Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, as well as reaching a fair solution to the Palestinian refugee problem. It also calls for Israel’s withdrawal from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and the Lebanese territories still under occupation, all in exchange for the Arab countries’ recognition of Israel and normalisation of relations.

(Source / 31.05.2016)

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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