Israel, Palestine resume peace talks in Washington
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  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held direct talks at Washington DC on September 02 which was facilitated by the USA. Both the leaders have agreed to produce a framework for a permanent peace deal and also agreed to resume their talks on September 14-15. Thereafter, both leaders are also planning to meet every two weeks. They acknowledged that security is of primary concern for both their countries. Netanyahu said that "A real peace must take into account the genuine security needs of Israel.” Similarly, Abbas said that "We consider security as essential and vital both for us and for you and we will not accept that anyone commits any act that would harm your security or ours."1 Prime Minister Netanyahu admitted that his country was ready for a historic compromise with the Palestinians with hope that the Arab world would follow. The chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the two sides had agreed to build a framework within a year for a comprehensive deal. The peace talks are also being supported by Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Arab League. King Abdullah II of Jordan and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt made visit to Washington seeking the start of the negotiations.2