Wednesday, December 08, 2010

MIDDLE EAST - And the "War" Goes On

"U.S. Drops Bid to Sway Israel on Settlements" by MARK LANDLER, New York Times 12/7/2010


After three weeks of fruitless haggling with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Obama administration has given up its effort to persuade the Israeli government to freeze construction of Jewish settlements for 90 days, a senior administration official said Tuesday.

The decision leaves Middle East peace talks in flux, with the Palestinians refusing to resume direct negotiations absent a moratorium, and the United States struggling to find another formula to bring them back to the table. It is another setback in what has proved to be a star-crossed campaign by President Obama.

Sadly, this is what I expected from Israel.

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