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Israeli PM in guarded call on Palestine; STATEHOOD.

ISRAEL'S Prime Minister called yesterday, for the first time, for the creation of a Palestinian state.

But Binyamin Netanyahu said he would only back it if the new nation had no military capability and recognised Israel as a Jewish state.

And he appeared to draw the line at meeting US President Obama's demand to end Jewish expansion in the occupied territories.

Mr Netanyahu said: "There is a need to allow settlers to lead normal lives" - a statement taken to endorse expansion of existing settlements.

But a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on President Obama to intervene to force Israel to abide by previous interim agreements, including freezing Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 15, 2009
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