Monday, October 11, 2010

Palestinian Refusal to Recognise 'Jewish State' in Exchange for a Freeze

Abu Mazen has rejected an offer to freeze settlement building in exchange for recognition of Israel ‘as a Jewish State’, stating that ‘issue of the Jewishness of the state has nothing to do with the matter’.

Netanyahu described the offer not as a condition but as a ‘trust-building step’. He was speaking at the third session of the opening of the 18th Knesset.

Perhaps the offer is an attempt to seize the initiative in arguments over a settlement freeze.

Meanwhile Kadima’s Tzipi Livni criticised Netanyahu’s leadership, saying that his indecision and preoccupation with the coalition is making Israel weak in the eyes of the international community.

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