Israel may seek interim agreement with Palestinians
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering a diplomatic initiative that will seek an interim agreement with the Palestinians rather than one that resolves all core issues, an Israeli government official said Tuesday.
The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the issue, said that the latest instability in the region, including the departure of Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, has caused Netanyahu to try to move the stalled process forward.
"Of course, Israel would prefer final status peace agreement, but that has become all but impossible because of the Palestinian refusal to negotiate," the government official said. "We are looking at options for steps forward that will help lead to a two-state solution and move the process forward."