30 June 2009


With passage of time, greater doubts emerge over values guiding the president … The whole world saw and understood [about Iran], with the exception of the American president YNetnews 

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There is no QUID PRO QUO in this dispute: 
QUID PRO QUO - Lat. 'what for what' or 'something for something.' The concept of getting something of value in return for giving something of value. For a contract to be binding, it usually must involve the exchange of something of value.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak to ask US to discuss settlement freeze only when talks with Palestinians begin … On Monday six ministers including Barak, Netanyahu, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met to discuss the issue of the settlements. During the meeting Barak said an accord must be reached in order to prevent conflict with the US. The prime minister supported his view. However Lieberman, together with ministers Benny Begin and Moshe Ya'alon of the Likud, said Israel should not compromise the future of settlements destined to remain within its borders.

Columnists call on President Obama to relinquish tough stance on Israeli construction in West Bank … Jackson Diehl, deputy editor of the Washington Post, “...But, starting with a statement by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in May, the administration made the mistake of insisting that an Israeli settlement "freeze" -- a term the past three administrations agreed to define loosely -- must mean a total stop to all construction in the West Bank and even East Jerusalem.  This absolutist position is a loser for three reasons (click to read full article).

 David Ignatius quotes … a senior Arab diplomat: “We're not interested in confidence-building, or a step-by-step approach,”….

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France says to get rid of Lieberman
[Shameless French Folies Bergere]
I guess Liberman is too principled for Sarkozy

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'The positions of the U.S. and Palestinian Authority are closer than ever' ...  The Obama administration told the Palestinian Authority the "golden era" of Israeli construction in sections of Jerusalem and the strategic West Bank will soon come to an end … "The U.S. assured us that for the first time since 1967, we are going into a period where there will not be allowed a single construction effort on the part of the Israelis in the settlements, including in Gush Etzion, Maale Adumum and eastern Jerusalem," said the negotiator, speaking from Ramallah on condition his name be withheld.  [...]   "The U.S. used to differentiate between natural grown and adding new communities. Not anymore. No construction will be allowed, not even natural growth," the PA negotiator said.

Jordan: Settlement freeze condition for Arab initiative FM Nasser Judeh tells Yossi Beilin partial implementation of Arab peace plan hinges on total freeze of West Bank construction; says Fatah-Hamas deal imminent YNet news  The squeeze is on (again): Judeh wants syria and pales to hold simultaneous negotiations. Then Egypt and Jordan squeeze Israel to create a judenrein Somron and Yehuda!

Let’s see, first fatah-hamas, 
then syria-pales, 
then jordan squeezes in Xchange 
for ZERO

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