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Friedman: Palestinians drop settlement freeze as precondition for talks

Discussion in 'Israel & Middle East News' started by Chris, May 17, 2017.

  1. Chris

    Chris The Grand Poobah Staff Member

    Friedman: Palestinians drop settlement freeze as precondition for talks
    By Tovah Lazaroff
    May 17, 2017 11:23
    Days after arriving in Israel, America's new envoy reportedly says the US is also not making the demand.
    David Friedman (front, C), the newly appointed United States Ambassador to Israel, arrives to a ceremony whereby President Reuven Rivlin will receive Friedmans diplomatic credentials at his residence in Jerusalem May 16, 2017. (photo credit:REUTERS)

    The United States has not asked for a settlement freeze and the Palestinians have dropped that demand as a precondition for talks with Israel, America’s new Ambassador David Friedman told the Hebrew daily Yisrael HaYom. “We have no demands for a settlement freeze and [Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas] Abu Mazen wants to meet [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu without any preconditions,” Friedman said in an interview published on Wednesday. He spoke in advance of US President Donald Trump’s May 22-23 visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. During his trip, Trump won’t unveil a specific “diplomatic plan” or a “road map,” Friedman said.

    more.............http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-C...ement-freeze-as-precondition-for-peace-490978
     
  2. Chris

    Chris The Grand Poobah Staff Member

    To get the Pallys to meet with no preconditions is a big deal. Either Trump is pressuring them or they are up to something. :scratch
     
  3. Andrew

    Andrew Mhodaireatair Staff Member

    I think they are up to something.
     
  4. daygo

    daygo Well-Known Member

    Definitely.
     

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