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U.S.: Netanyahu policy speech not adequate

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 13, 2009

The official said Netanyahu told U.S. envoy George Mitchell this week what he planned to say in the speech and that it was “not adequate” to satisfy Washington, who is pushing for an immediate resumption of talks on Palestinian statehood.

The official was quoted on Friday by participants at a meeting this week of the so-called Quartet of Middle East mediators. Netanyahu’s refusal to declare a building freeze in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and to endorse the goal of establishing a Palestinian state — both set out in a 2003 peace “road map” — has opened a rare rift in U.S.-Israeli relations.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1092452.html

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US urges quick return to Mid-East talks

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 10, 2009

“We all share an obligation to create the conditions for the prompt resumption and early conclusion of negotiations,” he said in Jerusalem.US relations with Israel are said to be tense since President Barack Obama’s speech to Muslims in Cairo last week.Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is under pressure to back a two-state solution.

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For full article, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8090761.stm

Settlers: We are protecting the peace

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 7, 2009

“I think it’s symptomatic of Western thought,” Gal said. “They read so deeply into a situation that in reality, is quite simple. We’re the Jewish people and this is our home, and the Arabs are not going to stop attacking us if we leave Givat Asaf. If Israel pulls back from the settlements, Ben-Gurion Airport will become the next target. You have to ask yourself, what could we possibly gain from another disengagement?”

For full article, visit http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1244035003067&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Obama and Netanyahu differ in talks

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on May 19, 2009

Israel’s prime minister has refused to commit to an independent Palestinian state during talks with Barack Obama, the US president, at the White House.

Binyamin Netanyahu told Obama that he wanted the Palestinians to govern themselves, but steered clear of explicitly endorsing the two-state solution set out in the so-called “road map”.

For full article, visit http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2009/05/200951817522268394.html