U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry, held on Wednesday [October 23, 2013] a seven-hour meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Rome, and urged him to advance peace talks with the Palestinians, especially on core issues. The two also discussed the â€śIranian fileâ€ť. Kerry asked Netanyahu to demonstrate he is willing to work with President, Mahmoud Abbas, to reach a solution on core issues topped by borders, settlements, the Jordan Valley and border terminals with Jordan.
Israeli sources said those senior American and Israeli officials, including U.S Ambassador to Tel Aviv, Dan Shapiro, Israelâ€™s new ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, Netanyahuâ€™s National Security Advisor, Yossi Cohen, and Netanyahuâ€™s Envoy, Yitzhak Molho, attended the meeting.
The sources added that Netanyahu said that Israel will not â€śjeopardize its securityâ€ť, and will not change its stances regarding security arrangements under any agreement with the Palestinians.
Commenting on the Iranian file, Netanyahu said that a partial agreement between world powers and Iran should never be enough, adding that Iran â€śshould not be allowed to keep its nuclear powerâ€ť.
Commenting on the issue, Kerry said that not reaching an agreement with Iran, is better that reaching a bad agreementâ€ť.
The two officials, and their aides, discussed what was described as â€śregional threatsâ€ť, and the need to coordinate U.S. and Israeli positions, especially regarding Iran, and â€śregional stabilityâ€ť.
The meeting lasted for seven hours before Netanyahu and his envoys flew back to Tel Aviv.