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Daybreak: Searching for a Deal on Settlements

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In Egypt earlier today.(Thaer Ganaim /PPO via Getty Images)

• In Egypt for the second round of direct Israeli-Palestinian talks, Secretary of State Clinton said she thought a deal could be reached to extend the West Bank settlement freeze in some fashion and keep the talks going. [NYT]

• But if Prime Minister Netanyahu makes too grand a gesture, he risks his fragile and right-wing coalition. [LAT]

• The chief U.N. nuclear inspector strongly condemned Iran’s treatment of on-the-ground investigators, setting up further conflict. [WSJ]

• Aluf Benn convincingly paints the talks at their current point as a poker game. A pretty high-stakes one, certainly. [Haaretz]

• Nearly all Arab states have failed to fulfill their donor requirements to the Palestinian Authority. [JPost]

• Roger Cohen basically echoes the point (not the headline) of the Time cover story: Peace would be great, but in the meantime, live your ife. [NYT]

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An exercise in logic:

a) no “settlements” existed in Judea and Samaria prior to the 1967 war – so why did the war erupt?

b) Netanyahu declared a suspension of construction in the Yesha communites late last November. Why did direct negotiations only start now?

c) are “settlements” really a cause of Arab intransigence and hostility? are they really a cause of a lack of peace? what problem will be solved by dismantling Yesha communities that did not exist at the time the war of 1967 broke out?

d) does anyone really believe that for the Arabs Tel Aviv, Petah Tikva, etc. are not considered “settlements”? sorry, “colonies”.

Allan Leicht says:

And to add to Mr. Medad’s exercise in logic, why is it that in Israel it is the so-called right wing that is more comfortable living in close proximity with Arabs in Judea and Samaria than the so-called left wing in Tel Aviv and Petach Tiqwa?

Ernest Stock says:

Why is the rider closer to the horse than the pedestrian?
Left-wingers came to Zion to live among Jews.

Dorothy Wachsstock says:

I remember when there was supposed to be peace and the Israeis gave the Palestinians guns so they could have their own government and police themselves.

Instead, the Palestinians turned the guns on the Israelis.

Who will guarantee peace? Pres.Obama who sent P.M. Netanyahu out the back door with threats..showed no respect for the Jewish State and went off to dinner?

Every Arab country threw the Palestinians out. Jordan and Kuait etc and now they, the Bedoins, the Syrians etc gave themselves a name and will turn on the Israelis in a minute.

Take in consideration their past and Pres. Obama. Wouldn’t trust either of them.

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