“I remain committed to a vision of two states for two peoples in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes the Jewish state,” Netanyahu said on the fourth day of the 70th UN General Assembly.
The Israeli leader said he was ready to “immediately resume direct peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority without any preconditions whatsoever.”
Israel will always respect the holy shrines at the contested Temple Mount in East Jerusalem, Benjamin Netanyahu said.
The Mount, a holy site for Christians, Jews and Muslims, has seen weeks of clashes between Palestinian protesters and police.
"A thousand years before the birth of Christianity, more than 15,000 years before the birth of Islam, King David made Jerusalem our capital and King Solomon built the temple on that mount. Yet Israel will always respect the sacred shrines of all," he continued.
"Far from endangering the holy sites, it is Israel that ensures their safety… That will never change because Israel will ways stay true to its values," he argued.