Israel shows no signs of yielding to Palestinians

Associated Press
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas inside Muqataa, the Palestinian Presidential compound in the West Bank town of Ramallah, on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Kerry, engaged in breakneck shuttle diplomacy to coax Israel and the Palestinians back into peace talks, drove to the West Bank on Sunday to have a third meeting in as many days with Abbas. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel's prime minister is showing no signs of bending as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presses forward with efforts to restart Mideast peace talks.

Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday that he is ready to begin talks with the Palestinians immediately, but he made no mention of yielding to Palestinian demands to halt settlement construction or release Palestinian prisoners.

Netanyahu says he will not compromise on Israel's security and if a deal is reached, he says he will seek approval in a national referendum. A referendum is not required, and critics have said it would add an additional obstacle to implanting a deal that relinquishes territory to the Palestinians.

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