Netanyahu: Time For Direct Talks With Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday it's time to move to direct talks with the Palestinians and that he will raise the issue with President Barack Obama in Washington next week.Netanyahu, after talks in Paris with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, said he wants to move beyond indirect "proximity talks" that are being mediated by the United States."We want to move as speedily as possible to direct talks because the kind of problem that we have with the Palestinians can be resolved in peace and can be arranged only if we sit down together," Netanyahu told reporters at the French presidential palace.Indirect talks began early this month and have raised hopes that direct negotiations could begin soon.The Palestinians have insisted that Israel impose a full freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem — captured areas they claim for their future state — in order to hold direct talks.With Netanyahu ordering only a partial freeze, the indirect talk