Netanyahu demands Palestinian "concessions"

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Published Sunday, November 17, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that the so-called peace process with the Palestinian Authority was not "frozen," but that he was waiting for Palestinian "concessions" to move the talks forward.

"They're not frozen. We're talking," the right-wing Israeli leader said on CNN's "State of the Union" program.

But "it's time to talk about Palestinian concessions, too. Like recognizing the Jewish state," Netanyahu said.

"You want us to recognize the Palestinian state for the Palestinian people. How about recognizing the Jewish state for the Jewish people," he said.

The comments drew some ridicule on social media sites from users who pointed to the irony that Israel, whose colonial project is based on land theft and ethnic cleansing, continues to play the victim card.

Direct talks resumed in June after a three-year hiatus due to Israel's relentless settlements expansion.

Since then, Israel has announced plans to build tens of thousands of new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, drawing international condemnation.

All settlements are considered illegal under international law.

Last week, the entire Palestinian negotiating team resigned in protest against continued Israeli settlement building after Israel announced, then canceled, plans to build 20,000 new settler homes in the West Bank.

(AFP)

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