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
"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?
Labels: Abu Mazen, Avigdor Lieberman, Ben Dror Yemini, Binyamin Netanyahu, John Kerry, Middle East peace process, Moshe Yaalon