Israeli minister backs West Bank presence

June 7, 2009 at 11:27 AM
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JERUSALEM, June 7 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed Sunday to achieve peace with Palestinians while ensuring the safety of Jewish citizens.

At his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said he would unveil his plans in an address to the country next week, reported.

"We aim to achieve peace with the Palestinian and the Arab world in cooperation with the United States," Netanyahu said, "I intend to achieve a stable peace in which the security of Israel's citizens will be ensured."

Netanyahu said he planned to consult with U.S. President Barack Obama's administration and other Israeli allies before making his plans public, reported.

During Sunday's Cabinet meeting, Interior Minister Eli Yishai said Jewish expansion in the West Bank would continue despite opposition from Obama.

"While the Obama administration has a different outlook, we must uphold our principles," said Yishai, chairman of the ultra-Orthodox group Shas.

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