Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted that he is ready to commence talks about a possible two-state solution with the Palestinians. However, Netanyahu said the discussions could not take place due to the intransigence of his Palestinian counterpart, President Mahmoud Abbas. “I am willing to begin negotiations immediately, without preconditions. Anytime, anywhere,” he said.
Speaking via video link to the US-based American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) from Jerusalem, Netanyahu also said direct talks between Israel and Palestine offered the only prospect of a long term solution. UN resolutions which sought to back Palestinian statehood could actually set back the chances of a peace deal.