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Netanyahu tells Israeli public: No guarantee peace talks will succeed

In New Year's greeting, prime minister lays down security and recognition of Israel as Jewish state as two criteria for a peace agreement with Palestinians.

JTA

September 7, 2010 | 9:34 am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the nation Tuesday in a New Year’s greeting that there was no guarantee negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians would succeed, but vowed to aim for a peace agreement by the end of the year.

“This year, after many efforts, direct talks with the Palestinians have begun,” the prime minister said, in a video circulated by his bureau ahead of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. “This is an important step in our attempt to advance a peace agreement between us and them.”

“I say this is an attempt, because it is not certain that it will succeed. Certainly there are many obstacles, many skeptics and many reasons to doubt, but we must try to reach peace,” he said.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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