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…

Obama's obsession with Israel

by Israel Today US President Barack Obama’s political setback in the recent midterm congressional elections, which saw Republicans seize a commanding majority in the House of Representatives, will likely increase his need to drive through an ill-advised Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Speaking to Arutz 7 radio, Professor Eitan Gilboa of Bar Ilan University said he believes…

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…

Bush's memoir says Abbas was ready to make deal

by Hilary Leila Krieger, Jerusalem Post Former US president George W. Bush indicates that both Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas were willing to publicly back Olmert’s proposed peace agreement before Olmert’s ouster as prime minister ruined the deal, according to a memoir to be released on Tuesday. Bush also excoriates the US intelligence agencies that…

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…