Benjamin Netanyahu

U.S. Sees Israel’s ‘Jewish State' Demand As Legit

10/13/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States sees as legitimate Israel's demand that Palestinians and other Arab states recognize Israel's Jewish character, a State Department spokesman said.

P.J. Crowley was pressed in a briefing Tuesday about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's offer to extend a partial settlement building freeze in exchange for the Palestinian leadership's recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

An Empty Loyalty Oath

10/12/2010
Editorial

Make no mistake, the wording advocated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that would require non-Jewish immigrants to express loyalty to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state before receiving citizenship is more about internal political expediency than ideology. Same goes for the prime minister’s proposal to extend the building moratorium in the West Bank in exchange for a public declaration by the Palestinian Authority recognizing “Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people.”

Netanyahu Offers Settlement Freeze for Recognition as a Jewish State

10/12/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would reinstate a West Bank construction freeze if the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Netanyahu made the offer Monday in a wide-ranging speech at the opening of the Knesset's winter session.

Notes on a Dysfunctional Peace Process

 What a crazy, dysfunctional peace process.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says Palestinian statehood is his number one goal, but he apparently doesn't want it bad enough to accept some kind of compromise on a settlement moratorium that will allow talks – the only route to his goal- to continue.

Caught Between A Freeze And A Thaw

As new poll shows support for continued
settlement building, Israelis guessing about
Netanyahu’s motives and what’s next.

10/05/2010
Israel Correspondent

News this week that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seriously considering President Barack Obama’s request for an additional 60-day building freeze in return for several guarantees from the U.S. administration came as a surprise to many Israelis who had considered the West Bank building thaw a done deal.

To some, Netanyahu’s move was all the more surprising given the public’s mood since the freeze ended.

Netanyahu, center, at Sunday’s cabinet meeting. Photos by Getty Images

For Netanyahu to Accept New Settlement Freeze, U.S. Might Have to Sweeten Deal

10/05/2010
JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Following reports of an unprecedented U.S. offer of a host of assurances in return for a 60-day extension of the freeze on building in West Bank settlements, some political analysts are wondering why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not grabbed the deal with both hands.

According to the reports, President Obama is offering Netanyahu pledges that the United States will:

* Not ask for additional extensions on the partial ban on settlement building, which expired Sept. 26;

Jacques Berlinerblau Interviews Philanthropist Edgar M. Bronfman

Philanthropist Edgar M. Bronfman speaks about Jewish intermarriage, cultural Judaism and the advice he would give Prime Minister Netanya

Edgar Bronfman on Faith Complex

Why Israel allowed the settlement freeze to expire

09/29/2010
JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- In the four weeks since direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resumed, settlement construction has been identified widely as the most immediate obstacle to the survival of negotiations.

In media accounts about the diplomatic standoff over the issue, Israel’s decision not to extend its self-imposed 10-month freeze on settlement building has been portrayed as a slap in the face to the Obama administration, deepening Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and creating more stumbling blocks to a final peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians.

Bibi Backs Away From Lieberman Plan

09/29/2010

(JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu distanced himself from his foreign minister’s plan that would transfer Israeli Arab towns to a future Palestinian state in exchange for annexing Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Avigdor Lieberman offered a draft of his proposal Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. It would redraw the borders of Israel to include several large Jewish settlements in the West Bank and exclude large Israeli Arab towns, which would become part of a newly created Palestinian state.

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