Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel is open to peace talks with other Middle East nations.
Netanyahu took a hopeful tone in speaking of a possible peace agreement. RelevantMagazine.com reports that Israel will be one of 20 countries set to meet in France on June 3 to discuss peace in the Middle East.
In a statement responding to the president of Egypt’s call to resume peace talks, Netanyahu stated:
"The Arab peace initiative includes positive elements that can help revive constructive negotiations with the Palestinians. We are willing to negotiate with the Arab states revisions to that initiative so that it reflects the dramatic changes in the region since 2002 but maintains the agreed goal of two states for two peoples … To this end, we welcome the recent speech by Egyptian President [Abdel Fattah] el-Sisi and his offer to help advance peace and security in the region.”
The new peace talks would involve the official recognition of Israel’s statehood by Arab nations, but would also include the formation of a Palestinian state.
Despite Netanyahu’s optimistic tone, tensions remain high in the region, and conflict between Israelis and Palestinians continues.
Publication date: June 1, 2016