Daily Israel Report

Netanyahu: I Am More Flexible than Rabin

Prime Minister tells foreign media he has no preconditions for negotiations.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 9/26/2011, 9:38 AM

Netanyahu speaks to BBC in Arabic
Netanyahu speaks to BBC in Arabic
Prime Minister's Office

In a series of interviews for foreign press, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that he has been more flexible toward the Arabs than Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, who signed the Oslo Accords.

He attacked Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas for presenting an uncompromising stance.

Netanyahu spoke with American networks and with BBC in Arabic.

To prove his point, he noted that he is presenting no preconditions to opening negotiations with the PA. When asked about his demand that the PA recognize Israel as a Jewish state, he explained that this was not a precondition for the start of the negotiation but only for its successful conclusion.

The idea, he said, is to make clear that the talks are meant to end the conflict between the two nations.

Netanyahu's advisers have been saying for a long time that no prime minister before him took extreme steps such as freezing construction in Judea and Samaria for bringing the PA to the negotiating table, but even this did not have the desired effect and only made the PA toughen its stance.