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October 3, 2011 3:28 pm

Netanyahu Thanks Panetta, Barack Responds to Isolation Remarks

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Leon Panetta, United States Secretary of Defense.

CBS News – (AP)  TEL AVIV, Israel — Israel must find a way to resume negotiations with the Palestinians and has a responsibility to try and ease tensions with its neighbors in the region, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday amid prodding from the United States to return to peace talks.

Standing next to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Barak pushed back a bit on the Pentagon chief’s warning that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the region, threatening its security. And he offered no new thoughts on the thorny issues that have stymied the peace talks, including the proposed timetable and the contested settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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