US demanding much more than 3-month freeze

by David Lev, Israelnationalnews.com Contrary to reports in the media that portray the U.S. as giving Israel a “package” of “benefits” for another three months of building freeze in Judea and Samaria, Washington is actually demanding a lot more for its largesse – far more than Israel can safely agree to, said Infrastructures Minister Uzi…

US suggests building tenders timed to embarass Netanyahu

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, Arutz Sheva Announcements from the municipality of Jerusalem on new housing units while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden may be aimed at “embarrassing” the Prime Minister, U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley suggested Monday. For the second time this year, Jerusalem officials announcement a new…

Obama calls East Jerusalem Construction plans unhelpful

by Jerusalem PostUS President Barack Obama criticized Israel on Tuesday at a news conference in Indonesia, following Monday’s announcement that Israel has advanced plans to build 1,345 homes in east Jerusalem. “This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations,” Obama said during a visit to Jakarta. Also on Tuesday, senior…

U.S. proposes Israel lease land from Palestinians

by Roee Nahmias, Ynetnews.com Israel is holding secret negotiations with the American administration in an effort to reach understandings vis-à-vis the establishment of a Palestinian state and its demarcation, the London-based newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported Friday. Palestinian sources confirmed that both sides were discussing the option that Israel would lease land in east Jerusalem and…

Artificial 'obstacle' to Mideast peace

by Nicole Brackman and Asaf Romirowsky, Philadelphia Daily News About a week ago, the freeze on construction in Israeli towns in the West Bank expired. The hiatus had been reluctantly enacted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier in the year under pressure from President Obama. Obama has been trying to persuade Netanyahu to renew the…