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Obama wants Israel to hold parallel talks with Palestinians and Syria

Posted in Israel and the US, US and Palestine by beyondtheborder on April 17, 2009

The Obama administration is preparing a Middle East peace process that will include simultaneous bilateral talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and between Israel and Syria. The plan is based on the Arab peace initiative that offers establishing normal relations between Israel and Arab League states in exchange for withdrawing from the occupied territories and establishing a Palestinian state.

The United States will put together a “security package,” including demilitarization of the territories from which Israel will withdraw and the option of stationing a multinational force in them for years.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1078889.html

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Hersh: Obama helped end Israel’s Gaza offensive

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 29, 2009

When former Vice President Dick Cheney learned that Obama had been putting pressure on the Israelis, he angrily disparaged him as “pro-Palestinian” and described him as someone who would “never make it in the major leagues.”

“The differences between Obama’s Syria policies and those of the Administration of George W. Bush have attracted relatively little attention,” Hersh writes, recalling Bush’s long list of preconditions for any improvement in US-Syrian relations and mockery of Syrian President Bashar Assad for believing that he holds the key to peace in the region.

For full article visit http://yalibnan.com/site/archives/2009/03/hersh_obama_hel.php