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    • Maggie
    • 27.07.10 | 06:32 (IDT)

    The US wants Abbas to go to direct talks but at the same time says it would be ''political suicide' to do so while settlements continue and talks do not resume where they left off in 2008. If Abbas goes for direct talks, 'the US administration can push forcefully for the establishment of a viable Palestinian state'. This is a contradiction: if Obama cannot influence settlement freezes or issues about E Jerusalem, how can he have any influence in direct talks? This sounds like Obama under pressure and blackmailing Abbas to keep Israel happy, so that it can announce the failure of peace talks and continue it's settlement policies without interruption.

    from the article: U.S. presses Abbas to resume direct peace talks with Israel
    First published 21:23 26.07.10 | Last updated 21:23 26.07.10
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