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Israel welcomes new peace talks plan with Palestinians

However, the office of Benjamin Netanyahu said there were still “concerns” about the proposals to resume stalled talks.

Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations last month
Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations last month
Image: David Karp/AP/Press Association Images

ISRAEL HAS WELCOMED a proposal by international mediators to resume long-stalled talks with the Palestinians but says it has some concerns abut the plan.

Senior cabinet ministers discussed the proposal today.

The plan by the Quartet of Mideast mediators calls for the resumption of talks and a deal within a year. It was put forth after the Palestinians last month asked the United Nations to recognize their state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office says Israel “welcomes the Quartet’s call for direct negotiations between the parties without preconditions” but said it has unspecified “concerns” about the proposal.

The Quartet includes the US, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia.

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