Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he had reason to hope stalled peace talks with the Palestinians could resume within weeks.
But he has not signed any move to halt Jewish settlements in occupied West Bank that seemed as a key condition for resuming negotiations.
"I have a basis to hope, in a realistic way, that in the coming weeks we will renew the peace process with the Palestinians," Netanyahu said at a keynote national security conference in Herzilya, near Tel Aviv.
Netanyahu reiterated Israel was ready to renew the talks that have not convened since a Gaza war erupted in December 2008 without preconditions. But he has rejected still to freeze settlements.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has insisted Israel totally freeze Jewish settlement construction before talks could resume.
Israeli war in Gaza which killed 1,434 Palestinians, a third of them were children, has forced Abbas to halt talks with Israel.
In its land, sea and ar offensive, Israel targeted hospitals, schools, mosques and government buildings and destroyed infrastructure system in Gaza, lefting Palestinians without electricity, gas and power.
Palestinian officials had no immediate comment on Netanyahu's upbeat comments that followed weeks of renewed efforts by U.S. President Barack Obama's peace envoy, George Mitchell, to get the sides back to the negotiating table.
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