Former US Officials Accuse Netanyahu of Rejecting Secret Peace Offer

A spokesman for the shadow foreign affairs minister, Penny Wong, said: "Labor has long supported, and continues to support, a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu departed yesterday on his historic trip to Singapore and Australia, the first official visits by an Israeli prime minister to these countries, China's Xinhua news agency reported. For decades, intelligence analysts have regarded Israel's Unit 8200 as one of the most elite in the world.

Netanyahu did not comment on the newspaper report. "We're small nations that have become in many areas global powers, and I believe that our cooperation makes us even more successful, cooperation in every field", Netanyahu said.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas knew about the summit, but did not attend according to Haaretz. Yet this is happening in lieu of a two-state solution that would allow Israel to remain predominantly Jewish and democratic. Second, Israel must be able to contain the overriding control for security west of the Jordan River. "What Israel - along with other longstanding United States allies in the region - really needs is a reassertion of American leadership after a period of perceived indifference by the Obama administration", he said.

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This week it is the revelation (by Haaretz correspondent Barak Ravid) concerning a secret peace summit a year ago in Aqaba - in which Netanyahu met with Secretary of State John Kerry, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, and Jordan's King Abdullah. "Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism", Friedman said during his Senate confirmation hearing, during which he was grilled on his right-wing views. The report suggested that Netanyahu had rejected a proposal for renewed peace talks during the summit.

Recently, a senior U.S. official suggested a two-state solution was optional, bringing condemnation from Palestinian officials.

But perhaps a partial deal is possible whereby the Palestinians would not have to forego future claims but for now get their state on, say, 80% of the West Bank, with some sort of preferred access or new regime in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The letter said his government's policies "build understandable resentment, anger and desperation amongst Palestinians" and called on the Turnbull government to "rethink its one-sided support" for Netanyahu.

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Isaac Herzog, head of the opposition Zionist Union, said he was prepared to join Netanyahu's government based on a secret regional peace initiative brokered by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that would have limited settlement growth to just the major blocs that Israel is expected to keep in any peace accord.

Palestine, IsraelHe said he feared a "death of an independent Palestine state" would only further inflame tensions in the Middle East.

"Again and again Palestinians were offered this state; they'd turn it down".

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