Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu proclaims support for peace, despite French rebuff

Israel's leader on Monday reiterated his support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, seeking to persuade critics that he remains committed to peace as he prepares to bring a polarizing hardliner into his Cabinet.

Benjamin Netanyahu said he would seek peace with the Palestinians, even while giving a cool reception to a new French peace initiative.

"The Palestinians will have the possibility to build a state of their own, but this state must be demilitarized and recognize Israel as the Jewish state," he told parliament.

Since taking office in 2009, Netanyahu has repeatedly said he supports a "two-state solution" with the Palestinians. But...