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U.S. Rice discuss Iran, Palestinians with Israeli PM, president

English.news.cn   2014-05-08 06:01:31

JERUSALEM, May 7 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday after a meeting with visiting U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice that Israel is concern over a possible "bad deal" between Iran and the P5+1 countries.

"A bad deal (between Iran and P5+1 countries) will enable them (Iran) to preserve this (nuclear) capability," Netanyahu said, adding that "it would be better not to reach an agreement at all than to reach a bad agreement."

Rice with a delegate of U.S. officials is in Israel for a two- day visit. During the meeting she emphasized that diplomacy is the best way to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power, according to The Ha'aretz daily.

The U.S. national security advisor also met with Israeli President Shimon Peres on Wednesday evening. Peres told her that the Iranian people "should be judged by their actions," not by their words.

"We need to examine the Iranians' seriousness -- whether they are offering only words, or taking real actions," Peres said.

The White House said the stalled Middle East peace process between Israel and the Palestinians also came up in the meeting, as well as the crisis in the Ukraine and the civil war in Syria.

Perez criticized Israel's decision to suspend the negotiations with the Palestinians in response to a unity agreement between the Palestinian factions of Hamas and Fatah two weeks ago.

"We must find a way to restart the negotiations between us and the Palestinians," Peres said. Whereas the unity agreement came as a surprise, it is "not a cause to stop" the negotiations, he added.

The Israeli president also urged the international community to coerce Hamas to recognize Israel, a move which Peres said would enable the resumption of the peace negotiations, and to acknowledge the conditions laid down for the peace negotiations by the Middle East Quartet.

It is the first time that Rice has visited Israel as U.S. national security adviser. Her two-day visit is set to include a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Thursday, along with other Israeli and Palestinian officials.

The visit will mainly focus on Iran's nuclear Issue, as the P5+ 1 group, namely Britain, China, France, Russia, the United Stated plus Germany, is about to resume negotiations with Iran for a final status agreement on the latter's nuclear plan.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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