Netanyahu Sees Arab Alliance Aiding Mideast Peace

(New York Times) Mark Landler - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Wednesday raised the tantalizing prospect that a new Arab alliance could resuscitate Israel's moribund peace talks with the Palestinians. Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu discussed how the militant group, Islamic State, was reshaping the region, with Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab states lining up with Israel against a common foe. That new alignment, Mr. Netanyahu declared in a speech on Monday at the UN, could be the foundation for the renewal of the Palestinian peace negotiations. Mr. Obama, who once listed the peace process as one of his top foreign-policy priorities, is now consumed with fighting the Islamic State. He echoed Mr. Netanyahu on the value of new alliances in the region, saying there was a need for a "shift in Arab states and Muslim countries that isolates the cancer of violent extremism that is so pernicious."

2014-10-03 00:00:00

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