Israel is hoping to relaunch direct peace negotiations with the Palestinians by late September, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.
“A Palestinian state within two years is not a realistic goal,” the foreign minister told reporters on Sunday. “There are those who believe in this and I don’t want to disturb [them].”
United States President Barack Obama has presented to Egypt and Israel a plan for a two-state solution to be finalized within two years, the London-based A-Sharq al-Awsat reported in June.
A source in Cairo told the newspaper that Obama raised the plan with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the latter’s visit to Washington earlier this year. According to the report, the plan envisions a Middle East peace deal by 2011 and would encompass an agreement for a Palestinian state.