Netanyahu says he seeks full peace with Arab world

March 31, 2009 10:32:42 AM PDT
Israel's incoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will seek "full peace" with the entire Arab and Muslim world. Netanyahu made the comments in a speech to parliament Tuesday before he was to be sworn into office.

He told lawmakers that radical Islam and the Iranian regime in Tehran are major threats to regional security. But he praised Islam as a rich religion and said he seeks a broad peace with the Muslim world.

Netanyahu led his Likud Party to a strong showing in recent elections with a campaign that was highly critical of past peace talks. His speech Tuesday appeared to be aimed at easing international concerns that he will end peace efforts.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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