Netanyahu says ready for peace

2011-09-23 22:29

New York - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday said he was extending a hand of peace to the Palestinian people, but accused its leadership of refusing peace efforts.

"I extend my hand to the Palestinian people with whom we seek a just and lasting peace," the Israeli premier said in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly shortly after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas submitted a statehood bid.

"The truth is that Israel wants peace, the truth is that I want peace... The truth is that we cannot reach peace through UN resolutions but through negotiations.

"The truth is that so far the Palestinians have refused to negotiate," he said.

He was speaking after Abbas made history in his people's long quest for statehood as he formally asked the United Nations on Friday to admit Palestine as a full member state.

Abbas handed a formal application to UN chief Ban Ki-moon at 15:35 buoyed by more than 120 nations that have already recognised a Palestinian state.

He won huge applause and a partial standing ovation as he later stepped up to address the UN General Assembly and vowed the Palestinians were ready to return to peace talks if Israeli settlement activities cease.

  • Warslat - 2011-09-23 22:39

    Talk peace but continue builing settlements on disputed land and heavy handedness. Action speaks louder than words, although Palestinians attack civilians. Basically a choice of trying to figure out qhich is the lesser evil.

      JasunX - 2011-09-24 04:16

      What a liar! Lies lies lies lies! This man doesn't want peace - he is wavering UN Resolutions, because the UN Resolutions preach peace - and he does not want peace.

      Muawiya - 2011-09-24 09:39

      This israeli leader is a dog and reminds me of the old apartheid South Africa

      Romans8 - 2011-09-24 11:13

      VIVA ISRAEL, VIVA NETANYAHU down with the Palestinians claim to a land that does not belong to them. If your Arab brothers were so giving they would have given you some of their land out of their so called generosity, which is really non existent. The land belongs to the Jews and has been their land for millennia. The Palestinians are actually Arab migrant workers who came knowing that they could only prosper off the hand of the Jew. The Palestinians are now illegal squatters who have over stayed their welcome and need to pack up and go back to whenst they came from! They are just like grasshoppers who come in and decimate what the ants have made and built, not much different in their ways from the black man in Africa in the way that think and of course birds of a feather flock together. All of the West Bank and Gaza will eventually be returned to the rightful owners who will be governed under The King of Kings, The Lord of Glory, The Son of David, The Lion of Judah, He who is from everlasting to everlasting, the Alpha and Omega, He who was crucified for the every man to take away the sins of the world, He who will come again in THE FLESH. His name is JESUS!!!!!!!

      Dead Skunk - 2011-09-24 11:16

      I don't see Israeli's dancing in the streets when Palestinian women and children are harmed or killed, but I see it when the boot is on the other foot.

      WATCHMAN - 2011-09-24 12:03

      @Muawiya - You put yourself under a curse as so does your party and your President. You better read Genesis 12:1-3, because you put yourself in grave danger!

      letsee - 2011-09-24 12:25

      Better be. Time is running out for Israel. In culural values the Palestinians can wait forever and Israel can't

      WATCHMAN - 2011-09-24 16:05

      I wonder if Holywood would make a film of the burden of Damascus, which is coming very very soon? I don't think so, but they'll make movies of Armageddon without really knowing what's coming. Isa 17:1-3 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. (2) The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid. (3) The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts. Then a message to all those who put foolish comments on here ignoring that the Word of God (The Bible) is final with regards to the way things will end up. Zec 12:1-3 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. (2) Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. (3) And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

  • Ogunsipe - 2011-09-23 22:59

    "Hand of peace" - was that the name of the bomb they "extended" into this ( Palestinian hospital? Or perhaps these ( schools killing more than 50 kids? They don't want peace, they want to eliminate or subjugate the Palestinians. Anybody that still supports Israel should answer for this continued carnage on a defenseless populace.

      africanwolf - 2011-09-23 23:03

      Defence less? I guess they explode in buses with X-mass crackers do they? or they murder children with plastic knives?

      Moon God - 2011-09-23 23:48

      The answer is simple - the Religion of Peace, one hell of a messed up religion.

      FunkyPow - 2011-09-24 00:18

      you do not understand the concept of peace cause it is so far distorted in your delusion, of propaganda. Tell me what have the Palestinians ever achieved, name me 1 noble prize winner? The Israelis do not live on the basis of hatred but are successful in moving the world forward, push the landscape and are at the forefront in advancement in the fields of science technology and agriculture. The largest Corporates such as Dell to name a few have invested millions of dollars into R&D. This country just wants to live in peace, they do not need to regress to the level of the Palestinians as they are self sufficient and thriving economy. Get your facts straight before you spread your poison propaganda. You are a bunch of cowards that initiate attacks and then are ineffectual as you stand behind innocent children and hospitals and fire rockets back at Israel. Israel military and intelligence is so advanced that they avoid civilian casualties at all costs

      negro.please - 2011-09-24 08:10

      Moon God: Yes, considering 10% of the Palestinian people are Christians, let's make this a religious issue.

      Chris3 - 2011-09-24 08:22

      @FunkyPow. "Name me 1 Noble Prize Winner (SP)" - Yasser Arafat? Next question, muppet

  • slg - 2011-09-23 23:22

    Personally, I don't believe him.

      Moon God - 2011-09-23 23:49

      Do you believe Abbas then?

      JasunX - 2011-09-24 04:19

      thank you slg. it's not about religion - look at the past - they've been discussing peace deals forever. They just delay and postpone it every year.

      Libertador - 2011-09-24 07:43

      @slg Never thought I could ever agree with you. In a video aired on Israel’s Channel 10 last year, Netanyahu was seen during the second intifada bragging to West Bank settlers about how he had sabotaged the Oslo Accords. “I’m going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the ’67 borders,” he told them. In that secretly filmed conversation, Netanyahu also revealed his dismissive attitude toward the United States. “I know what America is,” he said. “America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won’t get in the way.” The first and most important goal of every Israeli leader is to avoid being the person that makes peace. The second and most difficult goal of every Israeli leader is to appear to support peace while actively avoiding it. Netanyahu is not very good at the second part.

      Muawiya - 2011-09-24 09:43

      netanyahu is a fake and arrogant dog and will meet a fate similar to that of sharon who is neither dead nor alive. These oppressors will taste the punishment of god in this life and the hereafter.

      Romans8 - 2011-09-24 11:28

      @Libertador - so you're telling us that Abbas is?

  • OZNOB - 2011-09-23 23:48

    A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION though both sides will have to change years of inbred perceptions and paradigms. they will need to be asking themselves that if they really want peace what will they need to do to get there and start doing it irrespective of what others might say or do

  • Yazz - 2011-09-24 00:01

    You can't talk about PEACE when you are dropping white phosphorus on innocent Palestinian children. Netanyahu makes me sick. Impressed with Abbas' speech though. Definitely more worth reading than even one line of Netanyahu's lies.

  • RichardS - 2011-09-24 06:38

    I am repeating some of my comments in another article. The Palestinians' application for recognition of a state is now supported by 120 states in the General Assembly. Both States have the right to co-exist. It is precisely The United Nations' role to facilitate cooperation in international security, economic development, human rights, and to achieve world peace. The resolution requires a 2/3 majority in the General Assembly. Security Council approval of the Palestinian statehood not required but Security Council will be needed to enforce a peaceful solution in the region. The plight of the Palestinian people is a human rights disaster. What is also clear since well before the Oslo Accords, that a negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian people have failed over decades AND WILL CONTINUE TO FAIL WITHOUT UN INTERVENTION)because: - grossly unequal bargaining power of the parties; - grossly unequal military, economic and other resources of the parties; - tit for tat violence by the parties; - US military might and support for Israel does not force Netanyahu's Israel's hand to cease settlements, and reach lasting 2-state peaceful solution; - Israel has consistently disregarded UN resolutions- UN resolutions cannot be selectively adhered to by the US, Israel or any other party; The issues are too complex, and parties to intransigent and hateful to be agreed across the table by only the 2 parties with US oversight only.

  • George - 2011-09-24 07:18

    To Israel and the US...Do the right thing?, recognise Palestine as an independent State/Republic

      negro.please - 2011-09-24 09:07

      Yes, and the only kibbutz left in a new Palestinian state should be the Israeli embassy.

  • Piet Skiet - 2011-09-24 08:11

    Israel shouldnt exist - a rascist apartheid state. Why arent the Americans taking action against Israel?

      ZACommentator - 2011-09-24 12:19

      Because America is run by them

  • cerveza - 2011-09-24 08:51

    I think both leaders should get glasses. When both leaders extends a hand of piece yet neighter of them are shaking the other's hand, it can only be explained by bad eye sight. Two blind* people standing close to each other with hands dangling in mid air, hopelessly trying to find the other person but just spinning in circles missing the other person with every try *blind - blinded by self righteousness

  • Chris3 - 2011-09-24 08:55

    The problem with the peace negotations is simply the disparity of Power between the two parties, politically, economically, militarily etc. Israel has nothing to gain by affording peace to the Palestinians, and this is why this issue will never be resolved.

  • Frank Dlamin - 2011-09-24 09:07

    Netanyanu - he spoke about his jewish surname but he forgot to tell the world that the family change its polish surname, Meilikovsky, to Netanyahu, when his father emigrated to Israel from Poland, in order to have a "hebrew" surname.Once again there is no connection to Israel ............. they are all immigrants who stole the land.

  • za101 - 2011-09-24 11:22

    Netanyahu gave 20 reasons why cant have Palestine from being small country, to settlements, to his surname being on 2000 year old artifect, to airpace , and mountains in jordan valley, and israeli cities next to west bank etc etc etc then he offered peace. netayahu does not want peace. he wants all of west bank

  • za101 - 2011-09-24 11:23

    I think it is appropriate that Netanyahu speech can be compared to PW Speech, crossing the Rubicon in Durban 1985

  • letsee - 2011-09-24 12:25

    Better be. Time is running out for Israel. In culural values the Palestinians can wait forever and Israel can't

  • FunkyPow - 2011-09-25 13:46

    Chris 3 hahaha Yasser Arrafat. I rest my case!! What have they achieved in the field of Science, Technology, Agriculture and what on earth was Arafats legacy..poverty and hatred

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