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Netanyahu: Settlement freeze won’t bring Palestinians to the table

Netanyahu rejects the “assumption” that a freeze in settlement building will bring Palestinians to the table.

He says Israel had a “total freeze” from the end of 2009 for 10 months. “This didn’t prove successful, to put it mildly, until today.”

PA President Mahmoud Abbas, he says, makes demands as preconditions for talks that “my government can’t agree to, and I don’t think an alternative to my government would agree to.”

Netanyahu says he hopes burgeoning ties with moderate Arab states “will bring Palestinians to a more realistic position. We’re trying it, it’s not entirely clear what these states will bring” to the Israeli-Palestinian relationship.

— Marissa Newman

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