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  • Ill-advised settlement freeze weakened Israel strategically

    September 21, 2010 | 2:53 pm

    On Sunday, Sept. 26, we will celebrate the end of the ill-advised building moratorium in the Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).

    Ten months ago, Israel unilaterally declared this unprecedented step as a supposed incentive to encourage the Palestinians to return...

  • Netanyahu hints settlement freeze unlikely

    September 20, 2010 | 3:19 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a top aide suggested that a compromise with the Palestinians on a settlement freeze is not in the offing.

    Netanyahu, along with top adviser Ron Dermer and Israel’s U.S. ambassador, Michael Oren, spoke Monday afternoon on a conference call with...

  • U.S. reportedly pushing three-month freeze extension

    September 16, 2010 | 11:11 am

    The Obama administration reportedly suggested that Israel extend its current settlement freeze for three months, which Israel appears to have rejected.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the suggestion Wednesday night during her meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli...

  • Abbas says he will not compromise

    September 7, 2010 | 1:39 pm

    Mahmoud Abbas said he will not compromise during peace negotiations on core issues such as final borders and the status of Jerusalem.

    The Palestinian Authority president also said in an interview with the Jerusalem-based Al-Quds newspaper that he rejects Israeli Prime Minister...

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  • Palestinians will leave peace talks over freeze

    August 23, 2010 | 10:44 am

    The Palestinians will withdraw from peace talks with Israel if construction in the settlements resumes, Mahmoud Abbas told the Mideast Quartet.

    In a letter delivered Sunday to representatives of the Quartet grouping of the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European...

  • Zionist Congress calls for settlement freeze

    June 17, 2010 | 2:17 pm

    NOTE: This brief has been updated to reflect the fact that the resolution passed by the plenary wasn’t formally adopted at the World Zionist Congress last week. It is an addition to the Weekly Middle East Briefs sent earlier today.

    The World Zionist Congress voted to pass a...

  • How About an Arab ‘Settlement’ Freeze?

    March 18, 2010 | 11:55 am

    From online.wsj.com:

    When she is surrounded by a swirl of conversation she cannot understand, my two-year-old granddaughter turns to me expectantly: “What they talking about, Bubbe?” Right now, I would have to confess to her that the hubbub over 1,600 new housing units in Jerusalem...

  • Ehud Barak: Settlement freeze is a national necessity

    September 8, 2009 | 2:59 pm

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday called a freeze in West Bank settlements a ‘national necessity,’ a day after he approved building permits for nearly 500 new housing units in six separate blocs.

    “We extent our hand in peace to all of our neighbors,” Barak said during a toast held to mark the upcoming Jewish New Year, adding that he hopes Israel, the Palestinians and the international community “realize that the time has come and we must not miss this opportunity.”

    Read the full story at HAARETZ.com.

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