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Sarkozy backs Obama’s settlement call

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 7, 2009

In a joint press conference with Barak Obama in France on Saturday, French President Nicholas Sarkozy joined the US president in calling on Israel to stop building settlements in the West Bank.

However, Israeli officials told Israel Radio they expect Prime Minister Binyamin Netanayhu will insist on continued settlement c onstruction to accommodate natural growth.

Israel rejects Clinton claim of no agreement on settlements

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 7, 2009

Israeli officials rejected on Saturday a statement by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dismissing Israeli assertions that the Bush administration had agreed to allow some construction in the settlements to allow for natural growth.

“There is no memorialization of any informal and oral agreements. If they did occur, which, of course, people say they did, they did not become part of the official position of the United States government,” Clinton told reporters on Friday, in a news conference with her Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu, at the State Department.

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