Jerusalem
– Israeli President Shimon Peres said Tuesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blocked a 2011 peace agreement he had secretly negotiated with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas. Peres said he and Abbas had finalised a draft agreement in a series of secret meetings in neighbouring Jordan but the draft was rejected by Netanyahu’s right-leaning government. “We had gone through all of the points and the agreement was ready,” Peres told Israel’s Channel Two television in an interview on the occasion of Israel’s independence day. More