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February 20, 2017 6:09 am

Netanyahu Rejects Report That Former US Secretary of State Kerry Initiated Secret Peace Meeting in Jordan Last Year

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Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participated in a secret diplomatic summit a year ago in Aqaba, Jordan, with then-US Secretary of State John Kerry, Jordan’s King Abdullah and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Haaretz reported Sunday.

At the meeting, Kerry reportedly presented a regional peace framework that included recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and the renewal of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations with the support of Arab nations. Netanyahu responded that he would have trouble garnering support for Kerry’s proposal within Israel’s governing coalition.

Several months later, Kerry presented Netanyahu with a framework to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including a demilitarized Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines with land swaps, with Jerusalem serving as the capital of both Israel and the Palestinian state. Netanyahu rejected the proposal.

When the subject was raised Sunday at a Likud party ministers’ meeting, Netanyahu did not deny the occurrence of the Jordan summit, and even hinted that he — rather than Kerry — had initiated it, contrary to Haaretz’s report.

“Who says that this (the report of Kerry initiating the meeting) is accurate? Maybe I was the one who initiated this meeting,” Netanyahu said, essentially confirming to the ministers that the summit had taken place.

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    Mahmmoud Abbas is a convicted murderer who is an escaped convict and belongs in Jail. Stop patronizing Abbas and start applying what he deserves, to be put in jail.
    He gladly admitted for sponsoring the Munich massacre and other terror acts.
    The Arab PA is no different than Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

    You do not sit down to talks with a terrorist entity that terrorizes your people and incites terror and violence.

    There will never be a second Arab-Palestinian State West of the Jordan River; they have Jordan which is Jewish territory.
    Anyone who thinks about putting another terrorist entity in Judea and Samaria aka West Bank, needs to have his head examined and any government considering such a proposal must be replaced.
    Such a move is suicidal to Israel in view of the results from Gaza with thousands of rockets attacking Israel.
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