September 29th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Netanyahu pledges commitment to peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.S. special Mideast envoy Wednesday that he is committed to reaching a peace agreement with Palestinians, according to a statement released by Netanyahu's office.

"There are many doubts and obstacles on the road to peace. Everyone understands that, but there is only one way to assure that we don't reach peace, and that is if we don't try and achieve peace," Netanyahu said. "I am committed and the government is committed to reaching a peace deal."

The statement from Netanyahu's office did not specify whether the end of Israel's 10-month settlement construction moratorium in the West Bank had come up in his conversation with George Mitchell, special Mideast envoy for the United States.


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  1. Joe

    Netanyahu better find a way for peace. If Hamas and Fatah reconciliate Israel will have a nightmare in their hands. The Palestinians will declare the State of Palestine, many countries in Europe will back up a Palestinians State and the settlers will become the squatters.

    September 29, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Brieske

    The Israelis are building on land they conquered in war.Based on your thinking, we should give 13 states to England.

    September 29, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Brieske

    Including Washington D.C. Actually returning Washington D.C. to the English might not be a bad idea. We could do it while all the politicians are on this break and the president is flying around on his snake oil salesman gig. The question is, where to move our capital?
    I say Seattle Washington. That way it will be less traumatic because it's still Washington.
    We can make an agreement with the English in which they have to pay half the cost of all our monuments to be moved to the west coast. I think my idea is perfect.
    Our country needs a fresh start. Seattle is best. Isn't there a coffee named, there is! That just proves my point.
    Seattle's Best.

    September 29, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda J

      Hey, Mr. Brieske, as a Seattlite, I find your suggestion amusing. No way do I want those beltway bozzos here.

      But your comparison of Palestine to revolutionary war America is what really intrigued me. Usually people compare Israel's occupation of Palestine to the occupation of Europeans here in this country. Or was American a land without people for a people without a land, like the Zionists say about Israel? Only if you say Native Americans aren't people, just as the Israelis seem to think of the Palestinians.

      September 29, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim Brieske

    Linda J. I was going to do Napolean comparison and land being returned to the French but I realized his soldiers froze to death much like the Germans did years later. The land acquired through human beings common procedure (war) wasn't held and protected with a strong French Army.
    As far as the solution for an Israeli and Palestinian peace agreement. Paris is the wrong location.
    The two men involved need to become friends. That requires a little creativity, imagination and the oppurtunity for conversation with people God chooses. The two men will sit down time and time again after intervals involving strangers who all have something to add enabling these two unknown men to reach a forever lasting peace agreement.

    September 30, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. ilsa tam

    @Jim.. Seattle? Don't even joke about that, man. Too crowded already, and NO room for more politicians.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    Jim Based on your thinking, Israel is not looking to make peace with the Palestinians. Obviously not, the F35 fighter jets that the US gave to Israel was just for talking to the Palestinians.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |