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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Foreign Minister hinting US, Israeli positions in 'talks' are close

Ben Dror Yemini reports that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is hinting that the US and Israeli positions in the current 'talks' with the 'Palestinians' are actually close.
Writing in Maariv/NRG, senior analyst Ben-Dror Yemini reported Wednesday that the Palestinian side to the negotiations thinks that Israel and the United States are more or less on the same page as regards the “peace talks.” He concludes that Yaalon's comments do not reflect that of the top Israeli leadership, but rather indicate that Yaalon is alarmed by the fact that the talks may succeed and Israel may agree to irresponsibly cede important assets.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has not given his express assent to Kerry's offers, writes Yemini, but “on the spectrum of responses, Netanyahu is closer to a positive answer, and the Palestinians are closer to a negative answer.”
Liberman confirmed in a phone call from Geneva Tuesday that “Israel is willing to go far, but the key is security arrangements.”
He added: “What is clear is that every place that we left, the Iranians entered. And therfore, security arrangements are the main thing.”
"As things currently appear, it will be possible to bridge between the American positions and ours,” Liberman stated.
Another senior diplomatic source quoted by Yemini confirmed that the side currently doing most of the refusing in the talks is the Palestinian one. Abbas refuses to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, insists that East Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Palestine, and refuses to let go of his extremist demands regarding the “right of return” of Arab refugees, said the source. Abbas is also trying to shore up support for his rejectionist position from Arab countries, he added.
What could go wrong?

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