After sending a U.S. peace envoy back to Washington empty-handed, a defiant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood on a West Bank hilltop today and declared Israel would not be made "suckers" in the peace process.
"A situation in which we will give and not receive is not acceptable," Netanyahu told high school students in Maale Adumim, a Jewish settlement east of Jerusalem. "Israel cannot give and give and does not get anything back in return from the other side."
Envoy Dennis Ross wound up four days of talks Monday night without a deal on an Israeli troop pullout from the West Bank.
Netanyahu has rejected a U.S. proposal to withdraw from 13 percent of the West Bank, accusing the Palestinians of failing to do enough to fight terrorism.
Monday, Ross suggested that the United States would not keep up the mediation effort indefinitely, saying, "At some point we have to bring this effort to a conclusion."