April 24th, 2012
07:04 PM ET

Netanyahu: 'I could deliver a peace agreement'

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he could bring bring a peace agreement that would work for Israel and Palestine. "I think I could deliver a peace agreement," Netanyahu said. "I could get the Israeli people to follow me if I believe I have a serious partner on the other side willing to make the necessary compromises on the Palestinian side."

What would that deal look like? The prime minister said he respects the Palestinian desire for a contiguous state. "I don't want to govern the Palestinians. I don't want them as subjects of Israel or citizens of Israel. I want them to have their own independent state. But a demilitarized state."

Filed under: National Security • Netanyahu • OutFront Exclusive • Politics
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Daniel

    I really liked your coverage of what Prime Minister Netanyahu said to you regarding a Palestinian State. I did not however like your map and reference to the West Bank in 1967 as Palestinian. In 1967 that land was land occupied by Jordan who conquered from Israel in 1948. It was therefore NOT Palestinian land but rather JORDANIAN land. The hope is that it will BECOME Palestinian land.
    Hopefully the West Bank will become a demilitarized Palestinian state. It will require concessions on the part of the Palestinians. They will have to come to the table regardless of settlement building. It will require concessions on the part of Israel in that they will have to give up land that was conquered in a defensive war.

    April 26, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  2. John Braselton

    Erin, A very weak interview, you knew he was lying about wanting peace, just the day before they made "legal" , their words, a settlement on stolen property!

    April 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  3. Max

    Settlements? Hello. Wall taking more land and encircling villages. Mowing down olive trees and homes. violence against non violent protesters. Bias against Palestinian construction and permits. Wimpy interview. No surprise. You started to ask a tough question, then failed to follow up or challenge weak or diversionary answers. Then you just switched to your line about kids wanting to fight. I guess I missed the footage and interview of Palestinians... No surprise, your career is in tact. Your integrity? At least you are not alone.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:33 am | Reply
    • Max

      Even as I am frustrated but not surprised by the interview "lite" of Netanyahu with regard to Palestine, I am glad you are in Israel and hope you keep working at it. I will watch and look for some real footage of real life of the Palestinians and Israelis. Have courage, it is time America get some solid honest reporting on the issue. Report don't hide. Please

      April 25, 2012 at 2:55 am | Reply
  4. Nunya

    Well Erin, I am an atheist but if there is a God, let him bless you, thank you for asking the tough questions of him, and in all honesty he was disingenuous at best, but you asked the correct questions, that took guts..... keep up the good work!!!

    April 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply

Post a comment


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.