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Netanyahu says he is prepared to make "a historic peace" with Palestinians

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'Peace would be good for us and good for the Palestinians but also open up the possibility of achieving better ties with other countries.'
(image by Photo: Michael Reynolds /EPA)

A Palestinian peace deal could open up economic growth across the Middle East, Binyamin Netanyahu told US supporters on Tuesday, but is still held back by security concerns and a lack of recognition of Israel’s sovereignty. The speech to the leading US-Israeli lobby group contrasted with a chilly meeting at the White House on Monday where Israel made clear it felt it was doing all it could. But Netanyahu re-iterated his calls for a full recognition of Israeli sovereign rights and a lasting security presence. “It is time the Palestinians stopped denying history,” he said. “They must be prepared to recognise the Jewish state – no excuses, no delays.”

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