Israeli PM Netanyahu vows 'serious' talks on Iran

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office, Monday, May 7, 2012. Netanyahu said Monday his Likud Party is going to propose Sept. 4 as the date for early elections. (AP Photo/Gali Tibbon, Pool)
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his new coalition government will hold serious talks about Iran's nuclear program.

Netanyahu has hinted that Israel would be prepared to strike Iran's nuclear program if it feels threatened. His new coalition partner, Kadima Party leader Shaul Mofaz, has spoken out against an Israeli strike on Iran.

Netanyahu told a news conference Tuesday that he and Mofaz already have had many discussions about Iran and will continue to hold "serious and responsible" talks on the matter.

As a former military chief, Mofaz's opinion could carry great weight in a decision on whether to strike.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his new coalition government will promote a "responsible" peace process with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu spoke Tuesday at a news conference with his new coalition partner, Kadima Party chief Shaul Mofaz.

Netanyahu now presides over a broad coalition with 94 members of the 120-seat parliament.

Netanyahu says he wants the new government to bring about stability in Israeli politics, approve a responsible government budget and "responsibly" conduct peace talks with the Palestinians.

The outgoing coalition, dominated by hard-liners, was accused of not seriously pursuing peace.

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