Prospects for an accomodation. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • sandra chitayat
    • 25.05.11 | 02:55 (IDT)

    Mr. Eldar, I really appreciated reading your views on the recent speeches by President Obama and PM Netanyahu. I just found out that on Feb.23, 2011, the Knesset decided not to annex all of the territories which they were afraid to do in 1967. Therefore, they are willing to compromise and keep only the settlement blocks such as Maale Adumim around Jerusalem. Perhaps even this is not acceptable. Obama probably really feels that an accomodation can be reached but only if he is allowed to lead as the U.S. president. Israel would have to take the back seat and allow the Americans to be mediators between the two parties. This has failed and has forced Mitchell to resign. Netanyahu has emphasizes that he calls the shots as Israel's P.M. so the two sides are further than ever to making some kind of peace. If that were the case, than Israel should just have annexed it all, and there would be no ambivalence. So far, Abbas has asked for a 3month freeze to come back to the table. You cannot conclude a peace if the two parties do not meet at the negotiating table. However the Palestinians are fed up and have decided, as a matter of legal right and international law, to take up the case at the U.N. And in turn, the U.S. will exert its veto. So where are we?

    from the article: Netanyahu has declared himself ready to challenge Obama
    First published 00:57 25.05.11 | Last updated 00:57 25.05.11
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