(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in the White House's Oval Office, said the Palestinians are holding back the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations.
"It's about time the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state—we have only been there for 4,000 years," Netanyahu said, Haaretz reported. "Twenty years of peace process were marked by many Israeli steps for peace but we got suicide bombers and rockets in return... The people of Israel expect me to stand strong against pressure and for the security of Israel."
"Israel has been doing its part [in the peace process] and I regret to say the Palestinians haven’t," he added.
Obama said "tough decisions will have to be made," since the original timeframe for the peace talks is drawing to a close.
Netanyahu arrived in Washington on Sunday to attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference, where he was scheduled to speak Tuesday.