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    • Ussishkin
    • 09.12.09 | 13:11 (IST)

    Starting talks with the Palestinians means only talking with part of them - the consequence of the Gaza unilateral withdrawal, knowing the risk that Hamas would take over and there would be no talks with them. Claiming its the PA that's delaying strategically is sheer nonsense. The charade that Netanyahu is playing with the so called settlement freeze is just that. Latest survey figures for house construction in the W Bank show an average of 1167 housing units for every 100,00 settlers approved for construction since the freeze was announced, as compared to Central Bureau of Statistics figures of 836 units for every 100,000 Israeli citizens within Israel. A10 month freeze isn't serious. Its a cynical calculation based on when President Obama has to prepare for re-election and it includes the estimation of what else he's got to contend with until then and that he can't afford a showdown with Netanyahu - even though that's about the only way we'll get out of this abyss.

    from the article: Netanyahu: PA has made strategic choice to delay peace talks
    First published 12:41 09.12.09 | Last updated 19:56 09.12.09
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