According to Abbas, it was Obama who suggested that the Palestinians insist on making a settlement freeze a requirement to talks. If we are to take Abbas at his word, then we have to question the part Mitchell had to play in the process that led up to this tactic being deployed. The tactic failed dismally. It appears that Obama is determined to support the Palestinian cause with little regard to understanding Israel’s position, even if it is correct.
IDF deputy chief: I had no intention to compare IDF, trends in Germany 70 years ago (Haaretz)
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