Netanyahu: Israel Wants "Understanding" with U.S.

[AP] Matti Friedman - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he hopes to work out key policy disagreements with the U.S. during a series of meetings this week with high-profile American envoys. "Naturally, in the context of friendly relations between allies, there isn't agreement on all points, and on several issues we are trying to reach an understanding, in order to make progress together toward our shared goals - peace, security and prosperity for the whole Middle East," Netanyahu said. He will meet with U.S. Mideast envoy George Mitchell, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, National Security Adviser James Jones, and top Iran and Mideast specialist Dennis Ross. At a meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday, Mitchell described the differences with Israel as "discussions among friends" and "not disputes among adversaries."

2009-07-27 06:00:00

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