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June 12, 2013 7:46 am

Netanyahu Retracts Joint Peace Statement

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem May 23, 2013. Photo: Israel GPO.

JPost – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu distanced himself from an official communique released by his bureau and which was to serve as a joint statement with the Polish government affirming Palestinians’ right to statehood, both Army Radio and Channel 10 reported Wednesday morning.

Netanyahu, who is traveling to Warsaw to meet with Polish officials, reportedly took issue with the language of the communique, specifically the part which said that unilateral steps by both sides were obstacles to a peace agreement. The implication in that statement is that Netanyahu was taking a stand against construction in West Bank settlements, a position which would complicate his political standing at home.

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