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Peres: Israel needs to formulate its own Mideast peace plan

President says Israel's focus should be on making peace not on offering peace plans; comment comes amid reports of a planned U.S. initiative to restart stalled peace talks.

By Haaretz Service

April 22, 2011 | 10:34 am

Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres

Israel needs to draft its own Mideast peace initiative if it wants to avoid international pressure over a reported U.S peace plan, President Shimon Peres said on Friday, following a report claiming Washington was working on a plan to restart stalled peace talks.

Peres’ comments came in the wake of a New York Times report claiming that the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama was drafting a new peace plan which included a Palestinian state within 1967 borders and which rejected Palestinian refugees’ right of return.

Speaking during a visit to southern Israel, the president referred to reported U.S. plans to present a new outline for Mideast peace, accusing those reports as being “all speculation.”

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