Netanyahu skirts US led proposal for renewed Middle East peace talks

Communicated by the Cabinet Secretariat
Cabinet meeting held on 14 November 2010

"Last Friday, I returned from my visit to the US. I appeared at the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly, which was held in New Orleans. Several of our ministers were there as well. I am certain that they, like me, attribute great importance to maintaining our relations with world Jewish communities and to strengthening the younger generation's links with the Land of Israel. We support several programs, the results of which are very impressive; we also maintain our ties with communities and institutions there.

During my visit, I met with US Vice President Joe Biden and also with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. I also spoke and met with various leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives. I met with senior US economic and media figures, including the top analysts and commentators in the US. In all of these meetings, I raised - first and foremost - the need to stop the Iranian nuclear project. This is the greatest threat to both world peace and the security of the State of Israel.

At this morning's meeting, I intend to update my fellow ministers on the general outline of the American proposal for the resumption of the peace talks. This proposal was raised during my talks with Secy. of State Clinton. It is still not final; it is still being formulated by Israeli and American teams. If and when it is complete, I will bring this proposal to the appropriate government forum, which in this case is the Cabinet. In any case, I insist that any proposal meet the State of Israel's security needs, both in the immediate term and vis-á-vis the threats that we will face in the coming decade."