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Israel's Netanyahu says any accord with Palestinians will likely result in a "cold peace"

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    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Uriel Sinai, Pool) (The Associated Press)

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    Palestinians carry the body of Wajeeh Ramahi, 15, during his funeral at the Jalazoun refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Wajdi Ramahi from the Jalazoun refugee camp near Ramallah said his son, Wajeeh, was killed by a shot to the back on Saturday. The father said his son was shot from an Israeli army watchtower in the nearby Beit El settlement. The Israeli military says it is looking into the report. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed) (The Associated Press)

Israel's prime minister says any agreement with the Palestinians will likely initially result in a "cold peace."

Benjamin Netanyahu says given the forces of terrorism and radicalism emerging from Iran and elsewhere, Israel must have "iron-clad" security arrangements in place to protect any peace that may emerge from negotiations.

In a video address Sunday to the Brookings Institution in Washington, Netanyahu thanked the Obama administration for its intense mediation efforts. However, he insisted Israel must have all the tools to "protect itself, by itself" in case any accord with the Palestinians unravels.

Under heavy American pressure, the sides set an April target date for resolving their decades-long conflict. Negotiators have quietly been meeting, but neither side has shown optimism and talks have been characterized by mistrust and finger-pointing.