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Friday, January 24, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu: I will not uproot a single Israeli

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a press conference in Davos on Friday and said that he does not intend on uprooting any Israeli citizen.

Netanyahu's statement came as a response to a question about his commitment to the Jordan Valley. "I do not intend to evacuate any settlements or uproot a single Israeli," he said.

The press conference followed a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State in which the two leaders discussed the peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu stressed that Kerry is not trying to bring the two sides to sign a framework agreement but solely to put forth ideas for a path toward progress in the negotiations.

He also rejected the warnings against an economic boycott on Israel due to settlement construction. "I actually see great interest on the part of international companies to invest in Israel," he said.

Later on Friday, Kerry spoke before the conference and devoted a large part of his speech to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Kerry warned that if peace talks fail, both Israelis and Palestinians will be harmed.

"If talks fail, for Israel, the demographic dynamic will make it impossible to preserve its future as a democratic Jewish state," Kerry said. "Today's status quo cannot last forever."

Kerry also said that the Palestinians are risking losing their last chance for an independent state.

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