Netanyahu Rejects International Pressure on Peace Talks

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to reject pressure from visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry has been in the region for the last few days shuttling between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

In a rare double television interview with Israeli and Palestinian television stations, Kerry warned of a third intifada (armed uprising) should peace talks fail.

"The alternative to getting back to the talks is the potential of chaos," Kerry said. "Does Israel want a third intifada?"

Earlier, Kerry predicted Israel would suffer economic isolation in Europe if negotiators don't reach an agreement.

Netanyahu appeared to reject such pressure on Friday morning just before meeting with Kerry at the Tel Aviv airport ahead of Kerry's departure for Geneva.

"I will never compromise on Israel's security and our vital interests, not in the face of any international pressure," an angry-sounding Netanyahu said. "I think the pressure has to be put where it belongs, that is on the Palestinians who refuse to budge."

"But I think in any case, no amount of pressure will make me or the government of Israel compromise on the basic security and national interests of the State of Israel. The people of Israel know this and they support it, as they should," he added.

Israelis are already suffering from violence in Judea and Samaria -- the area the world calls the West Bank, which Palestinians want for a future state.

Palestinian Arabs threw a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli couple driving near the town of Tekoa in Judea Friday, burning the vehicle to the ground.

The driver and his wife escaped with moderate burns and were treated at Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. 

A day earlier, an Arab resident of Hebron tried to stab Israeli soldiers checking a car suspected of transporting drugs at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

When the attacker ignored shouts to halt, a soldier shot him. He died of his wounds at the scene of the attack.

In a separate incident, a terrorist opened fire at Israelis at the Tapuah Junction bus stop near the Samarian city of Ariel. Soldiers returned fire, killing the attacker.

Earlier in the week, passengers escaped injury when their bus was hit with a barrage of firebombs. And Wednesday, near the city of Modi'in about halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Arab gunmen opened fire at IDF soldiers from their vehicle before trying to run them down. There were no injuries in that attack.

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