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Ear to the Ground

Mideast Peace Talks Take One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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Posted on Sep 13, 2010
White House / Pete Souza

President Barack Obama watches as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shake hands at a trilateral meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York last September.

Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority could implode before they even get off the ground. Hillary Clinton and George Mitchell will have their chaperoning cut out for them, with the PA threatening to withdraw if Israel resumes settlement construction and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing a plan to do just that.

Haaretz:

A senior Palestinian official in Sharm el-Sheikh told Haaretz that Abbas and Netanyahu had reached an agreement on the issues they are to discuss. But the main controversy remains the construction freeze in the settlements. PA spokespeople reiterated yesterday that if Israel resumes construction, even if only in the settlement blocs, the Palestinian delegation will quit the talks.

[...] Netanyahu convened the forum of seven seven ministers yesterday to discuss his proposal to resume construction in the West Bank settlements after September 30. He proposed limited construction, mainly in the large settlement blocs and Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.

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By walldizo, September 14, 2010 at 9:52 am Link to this comment
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For god’s sake, somebody has to swish off this farce.We all know the outcome of this ridiculous show where Israel, as always, comes out adding more stolen lands to its loot.

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By Arraya, September 14, 2010 at 9:48 am Link to this comment

Peace interferes with land theft and violent removal of the indigenous aka ethic
cleansing.

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By FRTothus, September 14, 2010 at 4:46 am Link to this comment

Neither the US nor Israel is the least bit interested
in peace.  Neither obeys international law.  It serves
the National Security State to have it perceived that
both nations are the eternal victims in a world of
enemies that wish to do them harm.  Where would bullies
be if they couldn’t play the “victim” card?
Israel MUST withdraw from the occupied territories,
period.

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By NZDoug, September 13, 2010 at 6:53 pm Link to this comment

Its the piece by piece Peace settlement.
Wouldnt it be a surprise if the “settlers” were called “people who steal land by force
iagainst international law, by the media?
I wonder what happened with the probe of the probe of “Cast Lead”?
Whats the deal on the probe on the Mavi Marmara?
Israel/USAs actions against Palestine are the root cause of Islamic terrorism.
Keep up the good work and we can all toast.

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