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Netanyahu, Clinton Discuss Restarting Peace Process

November 12, 2010
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The Palestinians essentially have suspended peace talks with Israel following the expiration of Israel’s 10-month settlement construction freeze, refusing to resume talks until a new freeze is in place. The demand comes despite the fact that the Palestinians refused to talk at all during some of the previous freeze and even after they agreed to indirect talks did not advance to direct negotiations until the freeze was nearing its end.

Reportedly, the US has offered incentives and promises to the Israelis in exchange for resuming the freeze for at least a limited period of time. According to Haaretz, a member of Netanyahu’s entourage said that the offer for restarting the construction freeze was the primary topic of Thursday’s meeting.

However, despite describing the meetings as having made progress towards resuming peace talks, the source did not say they reached an agreement. Haaretz said the meetings between US and Israeli officials lasted more than six hours.

Before heading into the meetings, Netanyahu and Clinton made a few comments to the press, also posted on the State Department Web site. Netanyahu noted that the US and Israel have been speaking on the phone “quite intensively” over the past few weeks.

“We’ve been talking and will talk today about how to resume them to continue this process to get the historic agreement with peace and security between us and the Palestinians,” said Netanyahu. “I would like to add that we also hope to broaden it to many other Arab countries. So this is our common goal. We’re quite serious about doing it.”

Clinton went out of her way to complement Netanyahu. She said, “I know and I’ve said repeatedly that the prime minister and [Palestinian] President Abbas are both very committed to the two-state solution, and we’re going to find a way forward.”

Posted on November 12, 2010

Source: (By Joshua Spurlock, BFP Israel Mosaic Radio, November 11, 2010)

Photo Credit: Photo by Isranet

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