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April 23, 2010

Netanyahu Rejects US Freeze Demand

Netanyahu rejects US freeze demand

YNet News

Prime Minister's Office confirms Wall Street Journal report stating Netanyahu conveyed to Obama rejection of demand for construction freeze in east Jerusalem .

Israel standing its ground. US administration officials met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's aides in Jerusalem, amid American pressure on Israel for gestures and concessions to enable indirect peace talks with the Palestinians.

The Wall Street Journal on Thursday reported that Netanyahu conveyed a message to US President Barak Obama last week according to which Israel rejects the US demand for a full construction freeze in east Jerusalem. Sources from the Prime Minister's Office confirmed the report, which was based on diplomatic sources in Washington.

According to the report, American officials do not believe Netanyahu's stance is the end of negotiations. The sources said the prime minister agreed to discuss nearly a dozen other points that were raised in talks between the parties, including the release of Palestinian prisoners, a lift of the blockade on the Gaza Strip, and the removal of roadblocks in the West Bank.

Netanyahu reportedly also agreed to discuss, in detail, the issue of borders and Jerusalem's status in all direct and indirect negotiations.

On Wednesday, US National Security Council Middle East Senior Director Dan Shapiro and David Hale, a deputy of US Mideast envoy George Mitchell, met with Netanyahu's envoy on the Palestinian matter Yitzhak Molcho.

The PMO said the response conveyed to the Americans is part of a process of "ongoing dialogue aimed at promoting the peace process" and refused to comment on the content of the talks held with the Americans.

However, the sources stressed that Netanyahu's stance, as presented in an interview to ABC earlier this week, has not changed.


Wild Thing's comment........

BiBi Tell Obama to go pound sand!!!!!!

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at April 23, 2010 02:49 AM


I like BiBi. This guy doesn't have brass kahonas, his are made of titanium.

Posted by: BobF at April 23, 2010 09:10 AM

Yeah! Keep strong, Bibi!

Barack Obama

America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.

Barack Obama

I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.


Posted by: yankeemom at April 23, 2010 09:51 AM

Israel is on it's own now. obama the muslim would like to see the destruction of Israel. The world is more dangerous now.

Posted by: TomR at April 23, 2010 10:34 AM

Why does Israel have to make all the concessions, when do the arabs make some ? Hmmmm.

Posted by: Mark at April 23, 2010 03:53 PM

BobF., giggle I agree. well said!

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 23, 2010 05:26 PM

Yankeemom, BS is right! Ditto that Yankeemom.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 23, 2010 05:27 PM

Tom, I agree this from obama is making things so much more dangerous for all over the world. The terrorists see how he favors them and wherever they are located they will feel empowered.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 23, 2010 05:29 PM

Mark, good point that should be a questioned hammered at obama at every opportunity.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 23, 2010 05:30 PM