Netanyahu: Deal not close in Israeli-Palestinian conflict talks

( A deal in Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations is not close, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a Likud party meeting on Monday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Cherie Cullen.

“We are not standing before a permanent accord. We have a set of specific terms that have yet to be met in the negotiations. ... We are still not there, not even walking down that hall,” he said, Israel Hayom reported.

“Only once Israel’s terms are met will there be a peace deal,” Netanyahu added.

Netanyahu’s comments present a stark contrast to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s remark last week that Israel and the Palestinians are “closer than they’ve been in years” to achieving a peace agreement.

Posted on December 10, 2013 .