Netanyahu backtracks on Israeli-Arab peace policy

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday appeared to backtrack on his proposed peace process policy when he told a Jerusalem press conference that if elected prime minister in Israel's upcoming general election he will continue the current negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

Last month Netanyahu told London's Financial Times that if elected he would freeze the current land-for-peace process, which for 15 years had only resulted in more violence, and begin pushing an alternative, long-term approach to peace based on economic growth.

Netanyahu's about-face came just hours after meeting with international peace envoy Tony Blair and just one day after US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived to demand that Israel and the Palestinians continue on President George W. Bush's path to a two-state solution.

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