It's simple, really. The USA wants Abbas to withdraw the UNSC request so it can save face. Abbas wants all Israeli Settlement construction stopped, because Israel is required to do so BEFORE negotiations begin -see Road Map. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Crazy Horse
    • 02.10.11 | 22:29 (IST)

    So... has Obama offered to force Israel to stop Settlement construction so that legitimate and credible peace negotiations can proceed according to Road Map obligations? NO, he has not. The Quartet should offer this to Israel: -You freeze ALL construction in ALL settlements, including East Jerusalem. We wil verify this with UN observers. ONLY THEN will we ask the Palestinans to delay their bid for statehood until negotiations are concluded on the timeline and parameters previously stated.

    from the article: Israel to demand adjustment of Quartet Mideast peace plan, official says
    First published 22:00 02.10.11 | Last updated 22:00 02.10.11
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