The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak publicly disagreed about Israel’s controversial housing programme at a joint news conference on Wednesday.

The leaders held two hours of talks in Cairo in the course of Netanyahu’s one particular-working day go to to Egypt.

At a news conference, they disagreed about whether or not the Oslo peace accords protect against the Israelis from carrying out the housing job.

Netanyahu explained making the Jewish settlement was the most natural factor to do.

Soon after two hours of talks in Cairo, President Mubarak and prime minister Netanyahu emerged to speak to reporters.

Predictably, the two men disagreed about the Israeli plan to construct six,five hundred houses in Arab east Jerusalem.

Netanyahu denied that the proposed settlement was coated in the Oslo settlement between Israel and the Palestinians:

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“Oslo is incredibly distinct, it does not deal at all with the dilemma of Jerusalem. In fact, it helps make distinct that any actions relating to changing of status involve, as Oslo conditions it, the West Lender and Gaza. It particularly excludes Jerusalem from that.”
Tremendous CAPTION: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister

But Mubarak explained the accord stipulates that numerous troubles — together with Jerusalem — be put apart until finally a remaining settlement between the two sides:

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“And about also article amount five, which explained the remaining troubles, together with Jerusalem, refugees, settlements, stability arrangements, borders, relations and co- operation with other neighbours and other troubles of frequent fascination, SHALL be negotiated underneath long lasting status negotiations. So we hope this problem could have been not moved now until finally negotiating the remaining states.”
Tremendous CAPTION: Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president

The Har Homa housing job – recognised as Jabal Abu Ghneim in Arabic, has become the major position of contention now between Israel and the Arabs.

Netanyahu explained the concern had been blown out of proportion:

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“No I you should not. I believe that it truly is overblown. I believe the construction of neighbourhoods, as I described, is the most natural factor that we can do. I anxiety once more, this is a neighbourhood that is developed on land that is seventy five for each cent private Jewish land and next, I anxiety once more that we’re really going to construct in Jerusalem a lot more housing units for Palestinians than for Israelis in the coming a few decades.”
Tremendous CAPTION: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister

Mubarak was nervous for the Israelis to carry on peace talks with Syria and Lebanon:

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“I satisfied with President Assad it’s possible 10 times in the past, as much as I recall, we had a lengthy discussion about the Syrian-Israeli observe and the Lebanese observe also, but they were insistent that each tracks need to operate with each other. He says that he’s ready for peace, but to resume as you pointed out, suggests to start from the position they stopped. The other view from the Israeli side is there is no precondition. This is the difficulty now. There need to be a method to come across a way of resuming or restarting negotiations for the Syrian or Lebanese observe. We take into account this a incredibly important observe.”
Tremendous CAPTION: Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president

As Netanyahu done his one particular-working day go to to Egypt, there were no signs of him backing down about this newest contentious job.

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