July 6th, 2010
08:19 AM ET
4 years ago

'Direct peace talks' the goal, Netanyahu says

Washington (CNN) – Middle East peace talks will be the focus when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President Obama on Tuesday, officials from both countries said.

Right now, Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas aren't talking directly. They are communicating only through U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell, who serves as a go-between for negotiations.

Netanyahu told Israeli Cabinet officials Sunday that he was ready to meet with Abbas at any time.

Listen: CNN Radio's Bob Costantini speaks with Aylaya Hasson, a diplomatic analyst from Israeli TV, about the upcoming meeting.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Nick San Diego

    Mr. Natanyahu.....................Please STAY home. YOU and your extreme Right Wing are destroying my Country.

    July 6, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  2. ATL Guy

    Time for this nonsense between Israel and Palestine to be over with. How can we continue to give these guys money and have them refuse to talk with each other. I say time to close the pocket book unless we see some real progress on the peace front. These folks been fighting with each other before I was born and now it makes no sense to me. If they want to fight with each other they can do it on their own dime but America's got to start cutting off these relationships that don't benefit us anymore.

    July 6, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  3. Thomas

    Israel only wants peace
    A piece of Egypt
    A piece of Jordon
    A piece of Lebanon
    ...

    July 6, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  4. John Wilson, Racine, WI

    Nut-in-Yahoo wants "Direct Peace talks" about as much as I want Aids... the man is, was and always will be a WAR HAWK!

    The only thing he really wants is to continue to oppress the Palestinians and get the USA to give him OUR money and SUPPORT to do so...

    July 6, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  5. JP

    There will never be peace as long as Israel keeps adding to its inventory of stolen land.

    July 6, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. ex-repulican since McCain picked Palin

    Good news, I pray it all works out for the best for all involved.

    July 6, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The Palestinians will NEVER make peace. They have had opportunity upon opportunity for 40+ yrs. to no avail. That is a pipe dream that all should put behind them.

    The Palestinians are basically Hamas, through and through. All countries, including the US, who are giving ad money to "the Palestinians", are basically giving money to a terrorist group.....Hamas.

    Wake up, people.

    July 6, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. Marty, FL

    Good to see a diplomatic approach to open communications. Blessed be the peacekeepers.

    July 6, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. RTB

    What is the real point of Netanyahu' s ridiculous comment?

    Meanwhile, his government is doing as much as possible to undermine the peace process with blatant criminal activities to grab land and imprison the Arabs who inhabit the Palestinian state.

    July 6, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. Simon/Orlando

    Maybe the Prime Minister should ask him why the U. S. just sent $400 million in cash to Hamas.

    July 6, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Mickey, NY

    I thought the Unites Stated didn't negotiate with Terrorist States? Israel needs to change it's tune if they want to negotiate. No more standing behind the U.S. like a bully behind a patsy, and NO MORE FUNDING!

    July 6, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  12. Adalbert

    This Israeli dictator is not interested in peace.

    July 6, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Did Netanyahu figure out that the U.S. is their last friend after their ill thought out raid?

    July 6, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. marxist dogs are out of control

    Watch your back Netanyahu. You have more to fear from Obama than you do the Islamists.

    July 6, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. jeff jackson, alabama

    I've always been puzzled by what it is that makes a
    sitting U.S. President qualified to be involved
    in mid east peace talks. Everyone in the room besides
    the President has tons of experience and knowledge
    concerning mid east problems.
    Think about it a minute. What the heck did Carter, Bush 1and2,
    Reagan, Nixon, Clinton, Kennedy, Johnson, Ford, and Ike or Obama
    bring to the peace table concerning the mid east ?

    July 6, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. Illinois 2

    Mr. Netanyahu should not allow any country to tell the government of Israel when and how to set up peace talks, especially Obama, he is siding with their enemy to divide Jerusalem. That would bring this world as we know it to a place most people could not imagine...

    July 6, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. USN

    Pease talks with Hamas... or obama ? Not sure which is the bigger threat to Isreal

    July 6, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. g

    why would this guy want peace he knows the american tax payers pay for his war.s

    July 6, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Michael

    The only way this will ever go away is to offer a generous stipend for the children of a Jewish-Palestinian union, covering living expenses and a college education. Paid only as long as parents remain together. In two generations none of them will remember what they were so upset about.

    July 6, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |