Former US Officials Accuse Netanyahu of Rejecting Secret Peace Offer

Former US Officials Accuse Netanyahu of Rejecting Secret Peace Offer

He reaffirmed Australia's commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but said the Government would not join those seeking to chastise Israel alone for the failure of that peace process.

According to the AP, Kerry proposed renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in exchange for regional recognition that Israel is a Jewish state, which would've included peace with dozens of Muslim and Arab nations. This is why Israel has never annexed the West Bank and why the more sophisticated nationalists profess to support a partition, albeit on terms the Palestinians have not accepted and are not likely to.

As part of the five-point plan he presented at the secret summit in Aqaba, Netanyahu offered to freeze construction outside the large settlement blocs in the West Bank, as reported in Haaretz. Diplomatic ties with New Zealand were temporarily severed and ambassador Itzhak Gerberg was recalled. They persistently indoctrinate their school-age children for the destruction of the Jewish state.

During his visit, Netanyahu will call on President Tony Tan Keng Yam and meet with Lee after an official welcome ceremony at the Istana, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Sunday.

Mr Netanyahu will be the first-ever serving Israeli head of government to visit these shores, an important - albeit overdue - acknowledgement of the depth of history the two countries share.

At the White House meeting, their first since Trump took office, the president asked Netanyahu to "hold back on settlements for a little bit".

Ahead of the visit, divisions within Labor over Middle East policy have been on display.

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It would be pertinent to recall here the initial efforts of former President Obama in this regard. Netanyahu referred to Singapore and Israel at the news conference as being "kindred spirits".

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When U.S. President Donald Trump said February 15 that Israelis and Palestinians could hash out for themselves whether the answer to their decades-old conflict is one state or two, he resuscitated an option previous administrations had buried. "We are also good friends with the Palestinian National Authority and with many Arab countries".

"Given this talk of a one-state solution and given the 5000 new settlements that are being flung out over on Palestinian land the world has now got no alternative but to recognise the Palestinian state", Mr Carr said.

Mr Turnbull said the friendship between Israel and Australia dated back to the establishment of Israel in 1948.

Members of Netanyahu's rightwing coalition had hailed Trump's election as the beginning of a new era in which they would be able to freely advance settlement construction, considered by the worldwide community as a major impediment to a Palestinian state and peace agreement. Many prefer it anyway to the two-state notion whereby even if Israel gives up all the land it captured in 1967, it retains nearly 80% of Palestine.

On Thursday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the U.S. supports a two-state solution, but "we are thinking out of the box as well".

She said Trump had merely been pointing to the necessity for both parties to agree on the way forward. "The settlements are a roadblock to the two-state solution".

"We support the right of both Palestinians and Israelis to live within secure borders".