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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

US and Israel to announce failure of freeze deal

Ehud Barak said it's because of Wikileaks and PJ Crowley says it's because of the Haifa forest fire. Whatever the reason, this much seems to be clear: The US and Israel have been unable to reach an agreement on an extension of the 'settlement freeze,' and on Tuesday night, according to Israel's Channel 2, they are finally going to acknowledge it.
The US and Israel will announce on Tuesday night that negotiations to renew the moratorium on building in West Bank settlements have failed, Channel Two reported.

According to the report, Israel will not receive F-35 fighter jets or other benefits from the US in exchange for a freeze, and peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will, in the mean time, not be renewed.
The bottom line is that the 'agreement' reached between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Secretary of State Clinton last month was a 'gentleman's agreement, which needed Congressional approval. The letter setting out the terms never arrived from the United States. The Obama administration cannot bring itself to request any benefits from Congress for Israel. But Israel will undoubtedly be blamed.

The 'talks' were a waste of time anyway. Now, the question is, will Obama support Israel in the United Nations? If he still has hopes of being re-elected, the answer to that question ought to be yes, at least for now. And it is.

Israel Radio reports at 10:00 confirming this story, but says that the US will continue to work against 'Palestinian' efforts to circumvent the negotiation process, that the request for another 20 F-35 fighters is still on the table, and that the Obama administration has condemned the unilateral recognition of 'Palestine' recently announced by Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

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At 12:22 AM, Blogger Michael Scharf said...

Given the last 24 hours events, it appears that the Obama administration has completely collapsed. That should be good news as he may not come after the Israeli and American people. The bad news is that we don't know what Obama might do during this melt down.

At 12:45 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its good news. The freeze deal was bad all around.

Who says G-d doesn't work in strange ways? All you need to see is today's announcement!


At 3:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judging from the President's petulant performance blaming the GOP for "holding Americans hostage" at a press conference held to justify an agreement with the GOP over taxes and unemployment insurance, Bibi's accommodation to the Obama team's 90 days to nowhere freezicle would not have guaranteed good will moving forward and invited who knows what.


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