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Bill Clinton: Israel must make peace to survive

Former president Bill Clinton is urging Israel to make peace with the Palestinians in order to survive as a Jewish and democratic state.

His comments add to a chorus of prominent pro-Israel figures warning that growing numbers of Palestinians under Israeli rule will ultimately force Israel to lose either its Jewish majority or its democratic nature.

He spoke yesterday in central Israel at a conference honoring President Shimon Peres, who is turning 90.

Peace negotiations have repeatedly stalled in recent years. Palestinians say they will not negotiate while Israel builds in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, which they claim. Israel insists talks must resume without conditions.

Clinton also criticized Palestinians for not negotiating with Israel in 2010, when there was a months-long settlement building slowdown.

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