The Israeli Prime Minister caved to hardliners in his own administration in renouncing his support for a peace plan that he initially boasted about. Only two weeks after lauding the Arab Peace Initiative for its “positive elements” and calling it a basis for “constructive negotiations,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu capitulated under pressure from his far-right government, saying on Tuesday that the country would “never accept” the initiative as a basis for peace talks with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu claimed that the deal contained, for him, both positive and negative elements. The “positive” elements, according to the Israeli leader, were the sections in which all Arab nations normalize ties with Israel. The “negative” part was expecting Israel to end its occupations, recognizing the existence of the Palestinian state. FULL REPORT