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Minister Accompanying Netanyahu: Settlement Freeze Off the Table

Netanyahu looking exceptionally cheerful in the Oval Office Monday. Maybe the reason is his hosts are way too busy with Crimea to worry if some Jew in East Jerusalem is closing a porch (counts as settlement construction).

Netanyahu looking exceptionally cheerful in the Oval Office Monday. Maybe the reason is his hosts are way too busy with Crimea to worry if some Jew in East Jerusalem is closing a porch (counts as settlement construction).
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Likud Minister Yuval Steinitz, accompanying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his trip to the U.S., told Israel Radio Tuesday morning that Israel’s position both regarding the peace negotiations with the Palestinians and the Iran question are receiving wall-to-wall support in Congress.

According to Stenitz, the leaders of the Senate and the House understand that the main hurdle before the peace process is the Palestinians’ refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish people to their own country, and their terrible incitement against Israel.

According to the Washington Post, after his conference with Obama, Netanyahu met with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Capitol Hill. Cantor said the Palestinians must “accept Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state” and “uniformly and aggressively” combat terrorism while confronting, not condoning, “incitement against the Jews.”

Steinitz added that the Palestinian demand for a freeze on settlement housing starts, as well as their insistence on prisoner release in exchange for extending the negotiations are simply not part of the discussion.

Leftist party Meretz Chairwoman Zehava Gal-On told Israel Radio that the settlement freeze would serve Israel’s interests more than it would the Palestinians’.

Labor MK Nachman Shai argues that the Ukrainian crisis is not diverting the world’s attention away from Israel and the peace negotiations, and is not improving Israel’s political situation.

But, despite MK Shai’s note to the contrary, AP reported that Secretary of State Kerry left Monday for the Ukrainian capital. The European Union’s foreign ministers, meantime, issued a Thursday deadline for Russia President Vladimir Putin to pull back his troops or face a rejection of visa liberalization and economic cooperation negotiations long in the works.

And the White House said Obama met for more than two hours Monday night with the National Security Council, including Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, to discuss what steps the United States can take with international partners to further isolate Russia and persuade it to de-escalate the situation.

So, for now, nobody is pushing the 2-state thing. Maybe wait until after the Russian occupation…

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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8 Responses to “Minister Accompanying Netanyahu: Settlement Freeze Off the Table”

  1. Caryn Walkenfeld Lipson says:

    Thank you Hashem

  2. There is only one state and that is called Israel, if the Arabs want another state then they can have Jordan which is the true palestine

  3. Jean Perles says:

    Recognize Jewish Israel to show you want peace, PM tells Abbas

    Speaking at Washington conference, Netanyahu calls for more pressure on Iran, lashes BDS and explains why Ramallah must acknowledge the Jewishness of Israel

    Read more: Recognize Jewish Israel to show you want peace, PM tells Abbas | The Times of Israel http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-addresses-aipac-conference/#ixzz2v15iTBRl
    Follow us: @timesofisrael on Twitter | timesofisrael on Facebook

  4. One State for the Jews on Earth:Israel!

  5. The “settlement freeze” was only on the propagandists’ (aka ‘journalists’) table!!!

  6. What a relief, thanks to the Lord G-d of Israel

  7. We hope that the Palestinians will not say Israel is guilty the Ukraine crisis.

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