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Monday, October 04, 2010

Netanyahu under pressure to reject American deal outright

Prime Minister Netanyahu has rejected at least one offer of a package deal in return for an extension of the 'settlement freeze.' But he has yet to reject an extension outright and under any circumstances. On the other hand, most Israelis are opposed to any extension of the 'settlement freeze.' And so when reports started surfacing Sunday of Likud ministers who may be willing under certain circumstances to vote for an extension, the Likud ministers made a mad rush to the exits.
But reports about ministers who were considering voting in favor of the deal forced the reportedly wavering ministers to issue flat denials on Sunday. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz already expressed opposition to restarting the construction freeze in a 7 a.m. radio interview and Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz and Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon later followed suit.

Following those pledges, Netanyahu would have little to no chance of passing a proposal that would limit construction in the cabinet, security cabinet or septet. No votes have been scheduled ahead of this weekend’s key Arab League summit in any forum of ministers.
So either the 'Palestinians' blink or it's over? Well, maybe. Remember how many times Netanyahu swore up and down that he wasn't going to impose a 'settlement freeze' in the first place?


At 3:54 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Netanyahu has to get a concession from the Palestinians to allow him to sell a freeze extension to his Cabinet. Most of it is opposed to it. There's a report in a Pan-Arab newspaper out of London to the effect he has already agreed to a 60 day freeze extension.

But we'll have to see how it plays out over the next two days and its not a foregone conclusion there won't be one. As Yogi Berra once famously said: "it ain't over til its over."



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