Israeli lawmaker: US shouldn't push peace talks

AP News
Posted: Apr 29, 2013 1:07 PM

JERUSALEM (AP) — A dovish Israeli opposition lawmaker says the U.S. should not force new talks with the Palestinians because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not sincere about signing a peace deal.

Merav Michaeli, a member of the Labor Party, says President Barack Obama should "do nothing" to jumpstart peace negotiations, because they would be endless and would only deepen mistrust between Israelis and Palestinians.

"Israelis need to want to reach an agreement," Michaeli told the Foreign Press Association on Monday. "They need to do it on their own."

Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have been deadlocked since 2008.

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Netanyahu has rejected Palestinian calls to accept concessions made by his predecessors and says talks should begin without any preconditions.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been shuttling between the two parties to revive talks.