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Netanyahu still willing to curb settlements in Palestinian territory

Netanyahu said he could be prepared to give up settlements for peace

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee he might be willing to remove a number of settlements in the Palestinian territories.

Speaking to Israeli press following a trip to US, Netanyahu said he could be prepared to give up settlements for peace.

The offer, which has been made in the past, was always conditional on stringent impositions placed upon the Palestinians during peace talks.

The Netanyahu comments were part of a recorded sequence of interviews taken during last week's trip to the United States.

Speaking to reporters from Israel's Channel 2 television, Mr Netanyahu said he would give up "some settlements" in the West Bank to help secure a peace agreement.

However, he also said he would limit as much as he could the number of settlements to be taken away.

Some settlements, he said, could not be included in any future agreement.

Speaking to the mainly Israeli audience he also suggested key Israeli demands would have to be met without delay for the settlement concession.

Mr Netanyahu said that while he would be prepared to make historic peace, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would first need to accept the Jewish state in recognition that the "right of the Jewish people to a state of their own is beyond dispute."

At this stage, it appears Mr Abbas will not recognize Israel as the Jewish State.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee he might be willing to remove a number of settlements in the Palestinian territories.

Speaking to Israeli press following a trip to US, Netanyahu said he could be prepared to give up settlements for peace.

The offer, which has been made in the past, was always conditional on stringent impositions placed upon the Palestinians during peace talks.

The Netanyahu comments were part of a recorded sequence of interviews taken during last week's trip to the United States.

Speaking to reporters from Israel's Channel 2 television, Mr Netanyahu said he would give up "some settlements" in the West Bank to help secure a peace agreement.

However, he also said he would limit as much as he could the number of settlements to be taken away.

Some settlements, he said, could not be included in any future agreement.

Speaking to the mainly Israeli audience he also suggested key Israeli demands would have to be met without delay for the settlement concession.

Mr Netanyahu said that while he would be prepared to make historic peace, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would first need to accept the Jewish state in recognition that the "right of the Jewish people to a state of their own is beyond dispute."

At this stage, it appears Mr Abbas will not recognize Israel as the Jewish State. > BNN

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