The Jerusalem Post reported yesterday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has “asked the US to release Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard as part of a series of gestures made to Israel in an effort to restart peace talks with the Palestinians.”
Isn't this called piling on? Well, sometimes piling on is justified.
Yesterday former U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Kurtzer heaped what looks to me like well deserved scorn on the Obama administration's attempt to “bribe” Israel back to the peace table, and predicted it will never work.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A congressional letter to President Obama urging clemency for Jonathan Pollard garnered 39 signatures, all Democrats.
In comments at a press conference Thursday, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said he initiated the letter, written in coordination with a broad array of Jewish groups, mostly out of humanitarian concerns for the convicted Israeli spy, imprisoned 25 years, but also as a spur in the peace process.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu devoted the bulk of his speech last week in New Orleans to the threat Israel faces as Iran moves toward full nuclear capability. As he spoke, at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, I could not help thinking about another speech given by a head of state facing a nuclear threat – that of President Kennedy at his 1961 inauguration.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present to his Cabinet an American proposal to convince Israel to again freeze settlement construction in an effort to resume peace talks with the Palestinians.
Netanyahu updated the Cabinet on the American offer Sunday during its regular meeting. Netanyahu met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday in New York for seven hours.
This year's General Assembly took place in New Orleans, bringing together professional and lay leaders in the Jewish community. Highlights included speeches by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Vice-President Joe Biden.
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ended a six-hour meeting with little more than an agreement on the usefulness of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
"The prime minister and the secretary agreed on the importance of continuing direct negotiations to achieve our goals," said a State Department statement at the conclusion of the meeting in New York.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Israeli plans to build additional housing in eastern Jerusalem is counterproductive to peace talks.
Clinton made the statement Wednesday during a joint video conference with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, in which she announced that the United States would give an additional $150 million to the Palestinian Authority.
She is scheduled to meet Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York.