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Norwegian FM Warns Netanyahu: Pressure on Israel Forthcoming

FM Brende advises Netanyahu that international pressure over Palestinian issue will only increase after Iran nuclear deal signed.
The international pressure on Israel to come to a solution with the Palestinians will only grow stronger after Iran and the P5+1 world powers sign a nuclear deal at the end of June, Norway’s Foreign Minister warned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.

According to a Haaretz report Thursday morning, Netanyahu and Borge Brende, who is considered friendly to Israel, held a notably long 90-minute meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

During the meeting, as reported by a Norwegian diplomat, Brende told Netanyahu that given the impending resumption of serious international pressure on Israel, Netanyahu’s new government would need to come up with its own diplomatic measure.

According to the diplomat, Netanyahu responded positively to the friendly advice, saying, “I hear you loud and clear.”

Should Netanyahu want to resume negotiations with the Palestinians, Brende asserted, he would have to agree to at least one of three conditions presented recently by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

The three conditions include: freezing construction in Judea and Samaria, releasing all Palestinian prisoners jailed prior to the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993 and consecutive talks for no more than a year, with a Palestinian state established by the end of 2017.

In an effort to deflect pressure later on Wednesday, Netanyahu stressed his commitment to peace and his support for a two-state solution, i.e. the creation of a Palestinian state.


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