Bid to stave off ‘isolation’ would likely contain proposal for borders.
Under pressure from the United States and Europe, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working on a peace proposal that would pave the way for a Palestinian state with temporary borders.
But just how far-reaching his proposal will go is anybody’s guess.
“Nothing is finished,” Zalman Shoval, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington and foreign policy adviser to Netanyahu, told The Jewish Week. “Ideas are floating around and some ministers have their own views. He is absorbing them and the final product is not at all clear.”
Reports from Israel indicate that the Netanyahu government, under pressure from the Obama administration to come up with some kind of plan to advance the stalled peace process, is floating the idea of abandoning talks for a final agreement with the Palestinians, and instead pressing for an interim agreement that would create a kind of Palestinian quasi-state with temporary borders.
Former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), now the head of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, thinks the turbulence washing across the Middle East offers a window of opportunity for the Obama administration to take a more assertive role in forging an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told American Jewish leaders -- and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah -- that Israel is strong and can defend itself.
Netanyahu, speaking Wednesday evening at the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations meeting in Jerusalem, responded to Nasrallah's threat earlier in the day that Hezbollah would take over Israel's Galilee region in a future war. Nasrallah also threatened to harm senior Israeli leaders.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed statements by Egypt's military that it would honor the peace treaty with Israel.
"The longstanding peace treaty between Israel and Egypt has greatly contributed to both countries and is the cornerstone for peace and stability in the entire Middle East," Netanyahu said Saturday night in his first comments since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned on Feb. 11, ceding power to the military.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel must be prepared for any outcome in Egypt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset, "by reinforcing the might of the State of Israel."
While an Egypt that fully embraces democracy and democratic reform would be a welcome neighbor, Netanyahu said Wednesday, it is also possible that Egypt could come under the rule of parties that are answerable to Iran.