Netanyahu blames Palestinians for collapsing peace talks

By William Booth, April 6, 2014

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broke his silence on the collapsing peace talks Sunday by blaming Palestinian leaders for the crisis and threatening retaliatory steps.

In remarks at his weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said that just as the parties were nearing an agreement last week to extend the U.S.-brokered ­negotiations through the end of 2014, Palestinian leaders ­announced their decision to sign on to 15 treaties and conventions under the auspices of the United Nations.

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