Peres: Netanyahu Blocked 2011 Peace Deal

08 May
7:28 AM

Israeli President Shimon Peres said, on Tuesday, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blocked a 2011 peace agreement which he had secretly negotiated with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.According to a Ma’an report, Peres said that he and Abbas had finalized a draft agreement, in a series of secret meetings held in Jordan, but that the draft was rejected by Netanyahu’s right-wing government.

‘We had gone through all of the points and the agreement was ready,’ Peres told Israel’s Channel Two television on Israeli Independence Day.

‘Netanyahu told me to wait a few days because he thought that Tony Blair could get a better offer,’ Peres said, referring to the former British prime minister who is the envoy of the Middle East peacemaking quartet of the EU, Russia, the UN and the US.

‘The days passed and there was no better offer.’

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