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Prague Ready to Host Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

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Czech Republic Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said that the Czech Republic is ready to host Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Czech Republic is ready to host Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said.

"The Czech Republic is ready to host Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Both sides to the conflict have to show their goodwill," Zaoralek said during an international security conference in Israel’s Herzliya on Sunday, as quoted by the Ihned portal.

According to the foreign minister, Israel has to stop creating settlements in Palestinian territories. Palestine, in turn, must oppose violence against the Israelis.

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Zaoralek’s words come amid a surge in fighting between the two sides. Israel launched an airstrike against Gaza Strip earlier Sunday after a rocket fired from the region hit Israeli territory.

Israel is in a state of ceasefire with Gaza militant groups following last summer's 50-day military campaign that was carried out as a reaction to rocket fire from the Palestinian territory.

Palestinians want to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, partially occupied by Israel, and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, and want Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian territories it took after the Six-Day War in 1967.

Israel has been building settlements on the occupied territories, despite objection from the United Nations.

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