Netanyahu plans major speech on achieving peace and security next week

June 7, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said Sunday that he plans to deliver a major policy address laying out his proposed road to peace.  With President Obama’s speech to the Muslim world in Cairo and under stiff U.S. pressure to freeze West Bank settlement construction and endorse Palestinian statehood, Netanyahu said on Sunday he would strive for “maximum understanding” with Washington on peace issues, but has offered no hint of what he might say.  The Israeli leader said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting this week:

“It must be understood, we seek peace with the Palestinians and with the states of the Arab world while trying to reach as much understanding as possible with the United States and our friends abroad.”

“My desire is to achieve a stable peace that rests on solid foundations of security for the state of Israel and its citizens,” he added. “Next week I will make an important policy speech in which I will present to the citizens of Israel our principles on achieving this peace and security.”

The world will be watching for signs that Netanyahu will soften his stance on settlement activity and support for the ‘road map’, with the goal of two states.

Otherwise he risks being seen as a roadblock to peace and perhaps seeing the collapse of his own coalition.

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  2. Claude on June 14th, 2009 12:49 pm

    I’m interested to see what actual steps Netanyahu will encourage and if he will clearly outline Israel’s goals for advancing peace in the area. I feel that so far this year Israel has been very close-handed about how they want to resolve this issue with Palestine or if they do at all. I found an interesting discussion on the matter at Pandalous. It can be found at http://www.pandalous.com/nodes/the_international

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