Israeli Prime Minister to travel to London, Paris

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Posted: Apr 26, 2011 9:54 AM
Israeli Prime Minister to travel to London, Paris

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office says he will meet next week with his British and French counterparts, an apparent attempt to counter support for a Palestinian initiative to set the parameters of a peace deal.

Netanyahu's trip comes after Britain, France and Germany tried two weeks ago to base a final Israeli-Palestinian peace deal on the 1967 line that marks the West Bank in an initiative to the "Quartet" of Mideast peacemakers, made up of the U.S., U.N., EU and Russia.

The U.S. blocked the initiative.

Netanyahu's office said Tuesday he is traveling to London and Paris to discuss "political matters," without specifying.

The U.S. and Israel say the borders of Palestinian state should be negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians.