Monday, July 13, 2009
Bibi Pushes For Peace
His public persona is of a hardliner but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is suddenly and with a degree of urgency pushing for peace talks with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Netanyahu says he will meet with Abbas anyplace, anytime. He wants to meet with Abbas immediately.
His comments follow a more hardened approach by Abbas, who is demanding continuity between the Gaza and West Bank and is pushing strongly for a Palestinian right of return. Abbas is also expressing strong objection to the Israeli West Bank settlements which he calls an obstacle to peace.