Netanyahu talks peace

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Benjamin Netanyahu pledged in Downing Street last night to continue the search for peace "on all peace fronts" with the Palestinians.

The Israeli Prime Minister, speaking after his first meeting with John Major, said outstanding issues of the interim agreement with the Palestinians would be discussed this week."Once these are disposed of we can move on to negotiations on a final settlement," Mr Netanyahu said. "I made it clear to the Prime Minister that we believe the basis of proceeding here is good faith and reciprocity and the fulfilment of commitments on both sides.

"I think the first commitment that is important is security. It is vitally important to Israel but I think it is also vitally important to the Palestinians. Fighting terrorism is as important for the continuation of the peace process."

Mr Major said Britain's relations with Israel are in "as good a shape today as I can ever remember".