New York: US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton vowed to find a "way forward" on the stalled Middle
East peace process as she began a crunch meeting today with
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Ahead of the talks, President Barack Obama and Clinton
led global criticism of Israel`s latest plans to build 1,300
houses in occupied east Jerusalem, where the Palestinians want
to form the capital of their future state.
This week`s announcement prompted Palestinian
president Mahmud Abbas to call on the United Nations Security
Council to urgently debate Israeli settlement building, again
complicating the US task.
"The prime minister and president Abbas are both very
committed to a two-state solution and we are going to find a
way forward," Clinton said alongside Netanyahu before their
meeting began in New York.
"We`re going to be talking about everything and I`ll
be saving my comments beyond what I`ve already said for my
talks with the prime minister."
Netanyahu said he was "serious" about progressing the
peace talks which ground to a halt in September shortly after
their launch when a 10-month Israeli moratorium on West Bank
settlement construction expired.
"We`ll be talking about how to resume and continue
this process to get a historic agreement with peace and
security between us and the Palestinians," Netanyahu said.
"We also hope to broaden it to many other Arab
countries... we are quite serious about doing it and we want
to get on with it."
The Palestinians are refusing to talk to the Israelis
until the settlement ban is reimposed.