Netanyahu accuses Palestinians of "inciting hatred"

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sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on January 5, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Abir Sultan)

Published Sunday, January 5, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinians Sunday of "inciting hatred," as US Secretary of State John Kerry visited the region to push the so-called peace talks forward.

"The Palestinians are continuing their campaign of inciting hatred, as we have seen in the last few days with their refusal to recognize Israel as a state for the Jewish people," Netanyahu told a weekly cabinet meeting in comments broadcast by public radio.

Netanyahu's remarks came as Kerry left occupied Palestine for neighboring Jordan after three days of diplomatic meetings between Israeli officials and their counterparts from the Western-backed Palestinian Authority.

Kerry was on his 10th visit to the region since taking office, having kick-started direct negotiations in July after a three-year hiatus.

Earlier Sunday a cabinet member close to Netanyahu declared that Israel rejects any US-proposed "concessions" for the Jordan Valley, a large swath of West Bank land bordering Jordan that Israel voted last week to annex.

"Security must remain in our hands. Anyone who proposes a solution in the Jordan Valley by deploying an international force, Palestinian police or technological means ... does not understand the Middle East," Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israeli public radio.

The Palestinian Authority hopes on having an international force brought in to help patrol the Jordan Valley under a peace deal had been sidelined, a Palestinian source told AFP Saturday.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)


Poor Proudly Captain Dreadful Bibi Netanyahu
The Palestinians have stolen his thunder
What is wrong with these people anyway - people just don't know their place in this world

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