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Obama: Settlement freeze not crucial for resumption of talks

Speaking in Ramallah on Thursday after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, U.S. President Barack Obama called for an “independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian state” to be established alongside Israel.

SO IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE THEM VIABLE AND TO CONNECT THEM TO GAZA

“The only way to achieve this goal is through direct talks,” Obama said. “There is no shortcut to a sustainable solution.”

THIS IS GOOD. OBAMA IS STANDING BY NEGOTIATIONS

He also said that if the Palestinians and Israelis spoke only about conditions to get to the negotiating table, the core issues of the conflict would never be discussed. Thus, Obama said, a renewed Israeli settlement freeze should not be a precondition to a resumption of talks. “If the core issues are solved of sovereignty and security the settlement issue will be solved,” Obama said.

THE CORE ISSUES ARE JERUSALEM AND BORDERS. CALLING THIS ISSUE “SOVEREIGNTY” WON’T SOLVE THE PROBLEM

“The Palestinian people deserve and end to the occupation and the daily indignities that come with it,” Obama said. “The Palestinians deserve a future of hope.”

THEY DON’T DESERVE ANYTHING, AT LEAST NOT UNTIL THEY MAKE A DEAL WITH ISRAEL. EVERYONE IGNORES THAT ISRAEL HAS THE RIGHT (RES 242) TO RETAIN SOME OF THE LAND. 1% OF THE TERRITORIES REFERRED TO, EQUALS 10% OF J & S. OBAMA AND ABBAS ARE AGAINST ISRAEL KEEPING 1% OF THE TERRITORIES WHEN THEY CALL FOR “67 LINES WITH SWAPS”. THIS COMES FROM THE SAUDI PLAN WHICH ISRAEL NEVER AGREED TO. OBAMA SAYS THE CORE ISSUES HAVE TO BE NEGOTIATED. SO WHY IS HE PREJUDGING BORDERS.

“We cannot give up the search for peace, no matter how hard it is.”

Obama said that based on his talks with Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the past two days, he believes that peace talks can be renewed.

“My administration is committed to doing our part.”

“If we can get direct talks again, I think a shape of a peace deal is there. I believe the Israeli and Palestinian publics will support it.”

Abbas thanked Obama for his support of the Palestinian people.

“The people of Palestine aspire to attain the simplest of rights: freedom, independence and peace… and look forward to the day in which they will have independence, in a state with Jerusalem as its capital, alongside the State of Israel.”

HE IS GIVING THEM JERUSALEM WITHOUT NEGOTIATIONS. HE DIDN’T EVEN SAY EAST JERUSALEM. ISRAEL IS NOT OBLIGATED TO GIVE THEM JERUSALEM AND YET OBAMA IS DEMANDING ISRAEL DIVIDE JERUSALEM.

“We believe peace is necessary and possible. Making peace requires recognition of people’s rights and commitment to international resolutions. Peace should not be made through violence, occupation, wars, settlements, siege and the denial of refugee rights.”

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Abbas may soften his demand that Netanyahu publicly declare a settlement construction freeze as a precondition for the resumption of peace negotiations.

This shift was reflected in a draft list of talking points obtained by The New York Times that …read more

Israel Hayom Staff
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