Israeli Arabs Meet with Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met this week with Arab Knesset members, who urged his government to resume negotiations with the Palestinians.

Abdel Wahab Darawshe, of the United Arab List, later told Israel Radio that in their discussion, he stressed the importance for a meeting between the Israeli prime minister and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat if the peace process is to continue.

Netanyahu has said he would meet with Arafat if it was necessary for Israel’s security.

Meanwhile, he has authorized lower-level representatives to meet with Arafat and other Palestinian Authority officials.

Also in their meeting, Darawshe called on Netanyahu to fulfill all the commitments Israel had made in its agreements with the Palestinians, including the Israeli troop redeployment in Hebron, Army Radio reported.

According to Darawshe, Netanyahu responded that he was still studying the issue.

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