Netanyahu to Deliver Peace Speech Next Week


netanyahu2Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will deliver a major speech next week in which he will lay out his plan for the country’s peace and security. Netanyahu made the announcement at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting today. “We want to achieve peace with the Palestinians and with the countries of the Arab world, while attempting to reach maximum understanding with the U.S. and our friends around the world,” he said.“My aspiration is to achieve a stable peace that rests on a solid foundation of security for the State of Israel and its citizens.”

Netanyahu did not say exactly when he will make the speech.

The speech follows an address to the Muslim world by President Barack Obama on Thursday where he took on the heated and controversial Palestinian-Israeli conflict by endorsing a two-state solution and urging compromise between “two peoples with legitimate aspirations.”

Calling America’s “strong bond” with Israel “unbreakable,” he said, “it is based upon cultural and historical ties, and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied.”

But, Obama said, “it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people — Muslims and Christians — have suffered in pursuit of a homeland.”

“For more than 60 years they have endured the pain of dislocation. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead,”

{CNN Ticker/ Newscenter}