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    Israel is ready to resume peace talks with Palestinians without delay, the Israeli prime minister has said, outlining his "triple track" approach.

    TEL AVIV, May 5 (RIA Novosti) - Israel is ready to resume peace talks with Palestinians without delay, the Israeli prime minister has said, outlining his "triple track" approach.

    "We are prepared to resume peace negotiations without any delay, without any preconditions. The sooner the better," Benjamin Netanyahu told a conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

    Netanyahu told the pro-Israel lobby in Washington that the "triple track" approach towards resolving the conflict with the Palestinians implied working on the political, security and economic fronts.

    The political track will focus on resuming the long-awaited negotiations, while the economic strategy will see Israel trying to improve the economic situation in Gaza and the West Bank.

    On security, meanwhile, Netanyahu said Israel would never compromise as "we'll have neither security nor peace," adding that the Palestinians should anyway recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

    In late April, Haaretz cited a senior Israeli government official that the new Israeli prime minister could drop the Palestinian government's recognition of Israel as a Jewish state as a condition for peace talks.

    Talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, launched after a peace conference hosted by then U.S. President George Bush in November 2007, have stalled. Israel launched a major assault on Gaza in December in response to rocket barrages from the Hamas-controlled region.

     

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