Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he is willing to negotiate with the Palestinians on the basis of US President Donald Trump’s Middle East “peace plan”.
The remark was made on Sunday night in a pre-recorded address to a conference organized by “Christians United for Israel”, a US-based pro-Israeli evangelical group, reports Xinhua news agency.
Speaking two days before his set date for annexing part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Netanyahu urged the Palestinians to “embrace” Trump’s plan.
“I encourage the Palestinians not to lose another opportunity,” he said.
“They should be prepared to negotiate a historic compromise that could bring peace to Israelis and Palestinians alike.
“Israel is prepared for such negotiations, and I am prepared for such negotiations,” he added.
Netanyahu has set July 1 as the date for his plan to annex the Jordan Valley, which makes up some 30 per cent of the West Bank, a territory occupied by Israel during the 1967 Middle East war.
The Palestinians, who claim all of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, have rejected the idea.
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