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Israel’s Netanyahu says new government wants peace

Updated: March 18, 2013 9:06AM

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister says his new government is extending its hand in peace to the Palestinians.

Benjamin Netanyahu told Israel’s parliament Monday that he hopes to rejuvenate peace efforts in his new term. Negotiations remained frozen during Netanyahu’s previous four-year term.

Netanyahu told the chamber that Israel has proven “time and again” it is ready to make concessions in exchange for a “real peace.”

He said that with goodwill from the Palestinians, Israel is “ready for a historic concession that will end the conflict with the Palestinians once and for all.”

Netanyahu gave no indication about what concessions he might make in his new term.

His new Cabinet, set to be sworn in later Monday, consists of both moderates and hard-liners toward the Palestinians.

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