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Netanyahu: Peace Agreement With PA Would Need Approval of Israeli People

June 30, 2013 10:06 am 18 comments

Prime Minister Netanayhu at his government's weekly cabinet meeting. Photo: Screenshot.

Following a marathon third meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that any possible peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority would need to be approved by the Israeli people, according to a government release.

The call which implies that the Prime Minister would insist on a national referendum before approving any potential deal, was made in remarks at the start of the government’s weekly cabinet meeting Sunday. “I think, that it is necessary that any agreement, if it is achieved, be submitted to the people for a decision,” said Netanyahu.

The Prime Minister also stressed that while Israel is willing to begin negotiations immediately, and without preconditions, his government would not be making any compromises on security issues.

“Israel is ready to begin negotiations without delay, without pre-conditions. We are not putting up any impediments on the resumption of the permanent talks and a peace agreement between us and the Palestinians. There are things that we will strongly insist on in the talks themselves, especially security. We will not compromise on security and there will be no agreement that will endanger Israelis’ security,” he said.

The Prime Minister also informed that the meeting between his team and Kerry ran right through the night. “I held a third meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry last night until the early morning, along with my colleagues on the negotiating team,” he informed.

Following four days of meetings in Ramallah and Jerusalem Kerry had hopeful remarks of his own as he wrapped up his fifth visit to the region since coming to office earlier this year.

“We started with huge gaps and we have narrowed them. There are a few details, but I am sure we are on the right track. The sides believe it is possible. In the end of the day, it is up to them… The effort put in by both sides indicated to me that they are serious,” he said according to the Associated Press.

Kerry repeated his oft stated warning that time for negotiations to reach a successful conclusion is limited. “We have no time. Time threatens the situation on the ground. It enables distrust and hostile elements interfere. Ultimately, it allows cynicism to seep in and the window of opportunity to close,” he warned.

Previous reports have indicated that Kerry’s efforts have seen little concrete progress because Palestinian Authority chairman Abbas is insisting on two preconditions before joining talks with Israel: a freeze on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria, and the release of Palestinian convicts who were arrested by Israel prior to the 1993 Oslo Accords. Netanyahu has expressed his willingness to enter talks without preconditions.


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  • They are closer than you think. Israel will trade alot for sharing temple mound.
    Plus the big thing was what was going to happen to Jews already in Judea the Pa will
    let them remain with promise of peace there are already Arabs living In Jerusalem unharmed
    so not so far fetched. With threat of nuclear war, recognized Palestinian state, sharing of temple mound and promise of Peace with no retaliation I think both sides will sign. Just going down to wire on Iran nuke capability they will need a treaty of peace.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Palestinian-Israel peace can be archive,without precondition and good will everything is possible.
    A referendum is certainly need and should be done for both entity.
    Both site had nothing to game keeping the war going.
    Palestinian’s had the same reservation of Israel people and are also worry.
    Both side had group that are intransigent, but most people want peace.
    Talking peace is not surrendering to other, both will be better of in a peace accord, territorial should not be in the peace talk.
    First the peace had to be archive on the existing border, after a clear peace term can be negotiate everything and the solution best in my view is integration of the two entity in a democratic state with equal political vote of the citizen.

  • Vivienne Leijonhufvud

    Arabs are indeed untrustworthy, I will not be included in any referendum as I don’t live in Israel. I know for sure there can be no peace with Arabic terrorists, unless this element can be removed there will be no peace. Interesting movements in Egypt at the weekend, the HQ of the Muslim Brotherhood was blown up. It would seem not all Arabic folks like the idea of becoming a strict Islamic Shariah law run state. Maybe BN is buying time and watching movements in Egypt and elsewhere. There can only be one United Israel, inclusive of Israeli Arabs who are not permitted to carry out the worst aspects of the Koran, namely, Shariah. Israel is a civilized democratic nation of the 21st Century and any smart Arab would be better off proportionally represented in the Israel Government Machine.

  • The PLO/PA has yet to ratify and approve of the old Oslo Peace Accords from the early 1990s. The have refused to accept and approve it and Israel has stupidly surrendered territory despite it. Netanyahu says he will enter negotiations without preconditions but that’s dumb. He should demand that the PLO/PA keep their promise for peace from the 1990s, for if they didn’t ratify the peace accords from then, how do we know that if an agreement is hammered out that they’ll pull the same tactic refuse to ratify the new one? Israel has repeatedly given in to pressure to make “good will gestures” and it’s about time the Arabs extend the same courtesy, if only once. They have been the ones who’ve been uncooperative and intransigent and it’s about time they display an actual willingness to make peace rather than diddle the US and Israel and waste everyone’s precious time.

  • pinchas baram

    Bibi has emphasized security security security– sounds good, no? Translated: he wants a demilitarized Palestinian state, no army navy or airforce, just a police force. Tell me, how realistic is that? Will any self-respecting macho Arab accept such terms? Maybe initially (takia,lying and deceit, remember, are cardinal virtues in the religion of peace)– but certainly not for long! Also, contrary to previous gov.

    tatements, Bibi has NOT said things like, we will not negotiate with the Palestinians while they continue to demonize Israel, while school books and tv erase Israel from the map and call Jews apes and pigs.

    In short, he has abrogated one major argument (peaceful coexistence and an end to demonization)), and emphasized another (security) which is full of holes.

  • Vicki Coghlan

    Peace meeting!! Are you for real!!
    There hasn’t been peace since 1948 and the reality is there will never be peace!!
    Spend some time reading The Koran and you will know there can never be peace with Muslims!
    Facts speak louder than words!!
    Sheep(Jews) can never be friends with The Wolf(Muslims)!!

  • And so discussion about the possibility of negotiations for the sake of negotiations goes on, ad infinitum, while the
    obvious to any thinking person who really cares about Israel,
    Am Yisrael, that the side that needs to do what is necessary–namely, stop teaching hatred of the Jews, especially to their children, a sine qua non for any possibility of there being some kind of modus vivendi for
    this clearly intractable situation.

  • From what one reads here, above, one can only reach one conclusion:

    the hatred between Jews and Arabs will continue unabated. There is far too much distrust on both sides. It’s a shame, but the time for peace is not emminent. Too bad.

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Naturally I do not expect this note to be published.
    Anyone voting, either way on the well known “referendum” fabrication, will be repeating the stupid voting of the “referendum” run by the Sharon crime family.
    People!. REFUSE to vote in mass! Acivley organize to pulverize the artifact and those that again are rapiing the Jewish state and USING the Jewish people.
    The GoI has a monolytic operating libretto. Their key objective has nothing to do with “peace” or the Jewish people national interests. It has everything to do with the plans of the 19 families and their operatives led for over 50 years by Peresites, unJews, (I coined the name),including Netanyahu, Livni, Lapid’s son, meretz, Perry and the rest of the same old line workers for the families and the State Department.\

    DO NOT VOTE! Actively reject the sham!
    Organize to remove the unJewish stain and freely elect a new government system and people.

  • Pamela Deane Chester

    “we have no time.”. I hope Natanayhu seeks the Wisdom of the God of Israel on this. You never trust a terrorist or for that matter, an American Democrat!

  • I still can’t understand how Netanyahu can see very clearly that Rouhani is not a moderate based on his past history, yet continue to treat Abbas as a moderate peace partner, when absolutely everything that he has done and continues to do proves that he is still a terrorist who is only posing as a “moderate” to get support from the West. His goal is still the same as when he was Arafat’s right-hand man, and that goal is the eradication of Israel and its replacement with “Palestine.”


  • Carla Isselmann

    Mr.Kerry is not honest in his effort to get talks going:he is only trying to get himself a political windfall even if it costs the israeli people dearly. Donot believe anything that man comes up with: he has even betrayed his own country and fellow service men.

  • Steven M. Lukens

    Yes. I like PM Netanyahus comment any peace agreement needs approval of the majority of residents in the democratic State of Israel. Maybe even a 2/3 majority, like her in the USA to get any legislation passed.
    Lets not be “nars” or fools (Yiddish). Beware of any Trojan horses. (Looks good at first look, and later the enemy shows their true colors). I WOULD BE EXTEMELY CAUTIOUS. I DO NOT FEEL ABBAS CAN CONTROL THE RADICALS, AND SO IN THE LONG RUN THIS WOULD BE DISASTOROUS FOR ISRAEL. I WOULD CERTAINLY VOTE AGAINST IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mr. Netanyahu’s comment is not the reality. In reality, he doesn’t seek approval for anything that he does in Israel, I’m right wing, and I won’t vote for him.

  • There will never be peace between the State of Isreal & the Palestinians, because the Arabs are untrustful, & very greedy ivels. They hate Jews, nô matter how much the Jews of the State of Israel have compation on them. For instance, a Jewish family donated their son’s kidney to save an Arab child. Inasmuch, the civilian war between The 2 parties will never end; besides Abbas preconditions’s is just a way of bloffing, and Natanyahu is too smart to agree to their demands. The State of Israel will continue building & we do not need to ask no one ‘s permission on what we should do with our Lands. If The Arrabs do not accept our ways, then there are no other way, it says in the Bible (an eye with an eye) therefore, I hope Abbas will reconsider, & try to live peacefuly & enough blood shedding, no one takes anything when is dead. We pray for PEACE for the Whole World. Amen!

  • Bashir Suleiman

    Only recociliation can end the tension between Israel and Palastin.

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