A construction freeze is not a pre-condition for the talks - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '52'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • Logios
    • 20.09.10 | 16:27 (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. The US is not fooled and remains opposed to construction in the Territories (which is against International Law). Good for all parties involved.

    from the article: Abbas: Peace talks won't continue 'a single day' if settlement freeze ends
    First published 16:03 20.09.10 | Last updated 16:03 20.09.10
Haaretz Headlines
The scene of the Ashkelon stabbing attack, Feb. 7, 2016/
Soldier wounded in stabbing attack in southern Israel; suspect shot dead

Soldier sustained light wounds; suspected assailant, a foreign national, was shot by another soldier and later died of his wounds.

12:59 07.02.16 | 0 comments
Marco Rubio and Donald Trump at the Republican presidential debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, Feb
Rubio’s robotic Wall-E malfunction highlights slightly odd Republican debate

Governors Christie, Bush and Kasich band together to stay in the race by drawing blood from the frontrunners.

10:18 07.02.16 | 0 comments
The burned Torah books on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.
Unknown vandals set fire to Torah books in West Bank synagogue

Netanyahu calls on the international community to 'condemn the desecration of synagogues which is just another result of unending Palestinian incitement.'

11:20 07.02.16 | 1 comments
The signing of the Oslo Accords.
What Israelis weren't told about the alternatives to the Oslo Accords

What if almost everything we know about the lead-up to the signing of the Oslo accords is wrong? What if PM Rabin never became ‘disillusioned’ about the Washington talks that were then underway? A behind-the-scenes look at the alternatives to the Oslo track.

13:04 07.02.16 | 0 comments