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July 21, 2013 12:11 pm

Netanyahu Promises Referendum on Peace Deal: ‘It Must be Put to the People for a Decision’

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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that any peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will be put to a public referendum.

“I believe that this is necessary. I do not think that such decisions can be made, if indeed an agreement is achieved, by this or that coalition process; it must be put to the people for a decision,” the Prime Minister said, speaking at his weekly Cabinet meeting.

Netanyahu also said that he has set two goals for the process itself: “one is preventing the creation of a bi-national state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, alongside preventing the establishment of another Iranian-sponsored terrorist state.”

He added: “We will need to find a balance between these two things, and our negotiating partners will also need to make concessions that will allow us to maintain our security and uphold our vital national interests.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Friday that the Israelis and Palestinian Authority had agreed to resume direct negotiations in Washington in the next week or so.

Netanyahu warned Sunday “these will not be easy negotiations”  adding that he hopes they will remain discreet at first, as this will “increase the chances that we will achieve results.”

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  • Joe

    It is too soon for there to be peace between Israel and the Arabs. The Arabs are still having trouble accepting that they lost a few wars to Jews. Besides there are still a lot of Arabs who are still alive who remember those wars.

  • How can one even dream of peace with the Arabs when they don’t recognize Israel as a country, want to annihilate all of the Israelis, etc. Who is trying to placate Kerry who, as the MiddleEast “burns”, is running around trying to make a name for himself in the history books. It isn’t going to work because you can’t make peace with people who hate you and wish you gone from this earth. Also, Israel has to stop giving away land, prisoners, etc. because it doesn’t beget them anything as the past has showed

  • Adam Neira

    Lieberman: The Conflict with the Arabs Has No Solution (Matsav)

    I wonder how many MK’s know about “The Twelfth Article of Faith” as enunciated by Maimonides ?

    What is required now may just be what was done a long time ago…

    “Moses took his tent and set it up outside the camp at a distance. He called it the Tent of Meeting. Later, whoever sought God would go to the Meeting Tent outside the camp.”

    – Exodus 33:7

    • Plain Talk

      Now that you are quoting from that fictional book, why don’t you apply this
      Exodus:12:29-30 At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.

      If the Palestinians don’t listen and make peace, should we not go and kill their first born babies?

      Maybe we should stop quoting from old books and start looking elsewhere for real solutions.