#29 No, the real answer is much simpler, Maureen - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Johnboy
    • 04.02.10 | 14:17 (IST)

    M: "What`s causing Mr Netanyahu`s "cool" reception to peace?" When it comes to SYRIA the reason is simplicity itself: Rabin made a committment to Clinton that Israel **will** accept the 1967 line as the border with Syria in any peace treaty. That "pocket" has been acknowledged and confirmed by Peres, and then by Netanyahu, and then by Barak as they - in their turn - became Prime Minister. Now Bibi is back, and he is bound by his original acknowledge of the "pocket". That's why he is cool on direct negotiations: the Syrians will insist that he honour his committment, and he doesn't want to. And the only way that he can renege is by the simple expedient of never turning up in person.

    from the article: Netanyahu cool to calls for fresh Syria talks
    First published 02:32 04.02.10 | Last updated 09:19 04.02.10
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