A construction freeze is not a pre-condition for peace talks - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 26.10.11 | 21:07 (IST)

    A pre-condition attempts to determine (part of) the outcome of negotiations before they are held. If Israel DOES freeze construction of new settlements, this does not determine the outcome of borders etc., so I wouldn't call the Palestinian demand a pre-condition. If Israel does NOT freeze construction, this DOES change the outcome of the talks. Such a freeze is therefore not a "pre-condition" to the talks, but a necessary condition for the talks to be held. Netanyahu no doubt is clever enough to understand this, but the rest of the Israeli public may not be. Even some members of the Israeli government seem to get confused by this word game. In any case, without such a necessary condition, Israel will have no incentive to bring the talks to a fruitful conclusion because it will be gaining more and more territory while the talks linger on.

    from the article: Palestinians: No talks unless Israel accepts preconditions
    First published 20:51 26.10.11 | Last updated 20:51 26.10.11
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