Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz, left, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Sunday's cabinet meeting Photo / Reuters
The national unity government has created a new opportunity to move the peace process ahead, PM Benjamin Netanyahu wrote to PA President Mahmoud Abbas in a letter he sent Abbas on Saturday night. Netanyahu added that he wants to restart negotiations as soon as possible.
Ever since taking office, Netanyahu has told U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that he could not advance the peace process because of the composition of his coalition. Clinton, who spoke with Netanyahu last week told him that with Kadima now part of the coalition, she was waiting to see how he would move the diplomatic process forward.
Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, a leading Islamist candidate in Egypt's presidential election, has branded Israel a "racist state" and said a shared 1979 peace treaty was "a national security threat" that should be revised.
A drawing based on information from inside an Iranian military site shows an explosives containment chamber of the type needed for nuclear arms-related tests that UN inspectors suspect Tehran has conducted there. Iran denies such testing and has neither confirmed nor denied the existence of such a chamber.
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