Netanyahu Urges P.A. to 'Give Peace a Chance'

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again urged the Palestinian Authority to return to the negotiating table to "give peace a chance."

Netanyahu said he has had to make a lot of tough decisions during his three terms as prime minister and is prepared to make more, but the Palestinians will have to do the same.

"We need to sit down, make our various demands and try to reach real peace," he said at a Knesset meeting called by the opposition. "That is my goal and I hope it will also be the goal of the Palestinian leaders as well."

On Tuesday, P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas again blamed Israel for the stalled talks. Abbas said, "There will be no Palestinian state without Jerusalem…This land belongs to us and they must uproot their settlements in order to achieve peace."

A senior member of the PLO executive committee echoed Abbas, telling the Gulf News (ITALICS) none of the conditions for resuming talks with Israel have changed and there's "no room for bargain or compromise."
 
In Washington Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry repeated his urgent call to resume talks. Kerry told participants at the American Jewish Committee's 2013 Global Forum, "We can't let the disappointments of the past hold the future prisoner."

Meanwhile, the P.A. also forwarded a list to Kerry demanding that Israel release 120 Palestinian prisoners serving life terms as a goodwill gesture.

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