Clinton Pushes For Peace Talks With Israel's Netanyahu

"(CNN)
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to discuss the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

""I have said repeatedly the prime minister and [Palestinian Authority] President [Mahmoud] Abbas are both very committed to the two-state solution and we are going to find a way forward,"" she said as their meeting began in New York.

""I would like to add,"" Netanyahu said, ""that I would also like to broaden [talks] to many other Arab countries. It is our common goal. We are quite serious about doing it and we want to get on with it.""

The meeting comes a day after Clinton said the United States is ""deeply disappointed"" with Israel's decision to build new housing units in sensitive areas of east Jerusalem.

""This announcement was counterproductive to our efforts to resume negotiations between the parties,"" Clinton said Wednesday, stressing that both parties should avoid actions that might undermine trust, including action in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu also met Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, on Wednesday night, along with Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States, a Cantor spokesman said Thursday.

Cantor ""reiterated his belief that compromise between Israel and the Palestinians can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties,"" said the spokesman, Brad Dayspring. ""A unilaterally declared Palestinian state will only create more distrust between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and move the process further away from peace,"" he said."