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Netanyahu says Israel ready to compromise

Netanyahu says Israel ready to compromise
Israel is willing to make "painful" compromises for peace but Jerusalem must remain the sovereign capital of Israel, Binyamin Netanyahu said. UPI/Gali Tibbon/Pool | License Photo

JERUSALEM, May 17 (UPI) -- Israel is willing to make "painful" compromises for peace but Jerusalem must remain the sovereign capital of Israel, Binyamin Netanyahu said.

"These compromises are painful, because we are talking about parts of our homeland. It's not a foreign country. It is the land of our forefathers and we have historical rights here, and not just security interests," The Jerusalem Post quoted Netanyahu as saying in an address to the Knesset late Monday.

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"We agree that we have to keep the settlement blocs. There is a broad consensus that the settlement blocs must remain within the state of Israel," he said.

Yedioth Ahronoth said Netanyahu presented six points he said were critical in achieving peace with the Palestinians:

-- Jerusalem will remain the united, sovereign capital of Israel.

-- Any peace agreement must end the conflict and all claims against the state of Israel.

-- The Palestinians must recognize Israel is the national homeland of the Jewish people.

-- The problem of Palestinian refugees must be resolved outside Israel's borders.

-- Israel will retain the settlement blocs, and

-- A Palestinian state must be demilitarized and not endanger Israel's security.

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Israel should be allowed to keep a military presence along the Jordan Valley, as part of those security arrangements, the Hebrew daily quoted Netanyahu as saying.

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