What the US is proposing

By Tovah Lazaroff, JPost Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told ministerial colleagues on Sunday that the terms of a planned US-Israel accord, aimed at creating the climate for resumed direct talks with the Palestinians, have not been finalized. The clauses below represent most of the likely components. Netanyahu is set to seek approval for such an…

Can Bibi be bribed?

by Edmund Sanders, Jewish World Review Under pressure from the Obama administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began nudging his Cabinet on Sunday toward accepting a multibillion-dollar package of U.S. incentives to restart peace talks with Palestinians. But Netanyahu immediately faced strong opposition from conservative politicians and Jewish settler groups, who vowed to block the…

Israel On the Reservation

by Jerrold L. Sobel For those old enough to remember, in 1971 Paul Revere and the Raiders hit the music charts with a number 1 song, “Cherokee Nation,” (the Lament of the Cherokee People.) It’s a poignant song dealing with the disbursement of the Cherokee people from their native lands originally in the Southeastern United…

Clinton warns Palestinians and Israelis against 'unilateral' actions

By Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that the United States was working “every day, indeed every hour” to revive stalled Middle East peace negotiations, and warned both sides against making unilateral moves that could compromise the outcome of these talks. “We do not support unilateral steps by either party that…

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…

Netanyahu Must Refute Obama's Assumption

by Amb. Yoram Ettinger George Mitchell, President Obama’s special envoy, is testing Prime Minister Netanyahu: Has he learned from past errors by repeating them – which would demolish his credibility – or by avoiding them, which would resurrect his domestic and international clout? In order to enhance his own clout and Israel’s posture of deterrence…