vrijdag 23 april 2010

Netanjahoe stemt in met diverse concessies aan Palestijnen

 
Volgens zowel Haaretz als de Jerusalem Post, heeft Netanjahoe de eis van de VS om voor minimaal vier maanden officieel alle bouwwerkzaamheden op te schorten, afgewezen, maar wel een aantal andere tegemoetkomingen aan de Palestijnen geaccepteerd:
 
According to the report in the Wall Street Journal, Netanyahu rejected the demand on East Jerusalem, but did agree to other confidence-building measures, such as allowing the opening of PA institutions in the eastern part of the city, transferring additional West Bank territory to Palestinian security control and agreeing to discuss all the core issues of the conflict during proximity talks with the PA, instead of insisting that these issues only be discussed in direct talks.
 
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat called the Netanyahu position very
unfortunate and said he hoped the U.S. would be able to convince the Israeli government to give peace a chance by halting settlement construction in East Jerusalem and elsewhere.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1164583.html
 
De JPost meldt nog andere concessies:
 
US officials said that Netanyahu agreed to nearly a dozen other steps towards renewed negotiations, such as releasing some Palestinian prisoners from jail and removing more roadblocks in the West Bank, according to The Wall Street Journal. Israel would also expand the responsibilities of the Palestinian security forces, and discuss borders and the status of Jerusalem in detail.
Netanyahu also agreed to stop construction in Ramat Shlomo for two years.
 
Al met al geen slechte score, zou je zeggen, maar alles behalve totale onvoorwaardelijke overgave is in de ogen van de Palestijnen te weinig en 'very unfortunate'.
Wat heeft Erekat eigenlijk aangeboden om de vrede een kans te geven?
 
RP
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The Jerusalem Post
Report: Netanyahu rejects freeze
By LAHAV HARKOV
22/04/2010 08:54
http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=173641


Government rebuffs key US request, accepts others, says US Press.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rejected White House requests for a freeze on Jewish construction in east Jerusalem, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Over the weekend, Netanyahu's government gave the Obama administration a response to the demands made in a March 23 meeting between the two heads of state. Although the exact details of the meeting were not made public, it has been widely reported that Obama's main request was to freeze all construction in the Jewish neighborhoods of east Jerusalem, which Netanyahu has refused.

Netanyahu's reaction echoes a statement made in an interview with ABC News on Sunday, that the idea of a building freeze in east Jerusalem "is totally, totally a nonstarter."

US officials said that Netanyahu agreed to nearly a dozen other steps towards renewed negotiations, such as releasing some Palestinian prisoners from jail and removing more roadblocks in the West Bank, according to The Wall Street Journal. Israel would also expand the responsibilities of the Palestinian security forces, and discuss borders and the status of Jerusalem in detail.

Netanyahu also agreed to stop construction in Ramat Shlomo for two years. Israel controversially announced plans to build 1,600 housing units in the east Jerusalem neighborhood during Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Israel. However, US officials said the lack of a comprehensive freeze of construction in east Jerusalem may prevent the renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians, and expressed doubt that Israel will fulfill its promises.

Mark Regev, Israeli government spokesman, said to The Wall Street Journal, "we have said that in the framework of confidence-building measures, we are willing to consider these gestures. That was in the past, and not in the context of recent talks. I can't go into why that didn't happen."

Palestinian officials did not comment on Netanyahu's position, saying "we are still waiting for details."

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