Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Special envoy Mitchell to meet with Israeli PM

President Barack Obama is sending special Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

They will discuss the Middle East process between Israel and the Palestinians. Netanyahu recently said that he supports Palestinian statehood but with many conditions including demilitarization of the new state.

The Palestinians rejected Netanyahu's caveats, but the Obama administration has said that it seemed like a good start. The Israeli prime minister though has rejected Obama's call for a complete freeze on settlement expansion including that coming from natural population growth in existing settlements.

Israel sees deal soon with Obama over settlements

Washington Post - ‎13 hours ago‎
In talks with US President Barack Obama's Middle East envoy, Netanyahu has asserted that his government does not have the legal authority to stop building ...

1 comment:

Joe Markowitz said...

Any good mediator knows that when one side makes a concession, you have to respond positively to that. You don't reject the conditions that are attached to the concession. You just deal with that as an area of disagreement that must be resolved later. Both Barack Obama and George Mitchell are skilled mediators. They will make the most of Netanyahu's agreement to the concept of a Palestinian state, and they will continue to work on the points of disagreement.

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