Palestinians Must Accept Israel: Netanyahu

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 18, 2009 2:09 PM CDT
President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – In a White House meeting today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is ready to resume peace talks with the Palestinians immediately, but any agreement is contingent on their acceptance of Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. Netanyahu and President Obama met for more than two hours and focused on Mideast peace talks, Iran's nuclear program, and the US-Israeli relationship.

Obama said the US wanted to bring Iran into the world community, but declared "we're not going to have talks forever." At the same time, Obama said bluntly that it was important that Netanyahu, a hardliner on peace negotiations with the Palestinians, get back to the negotiating table. "All the parties involved have to take seriously obligations that they have previously agreed to," the president said.