Bethlehem - Ma’an/Agencies - 17 July - A peace plan with a strict timeline may be announced by the new US Administration in coming weeks, Israel’s English and Hebrew daily Haaretz newspaper reported Thursday.
The paper quoted a “Western diplomat closely involved in current contacts involving the US, Israel, the PA and moderate Arab states,” as saying Obama aides are developing a peace plan with a binding timetable.
An ease on US, and now international, demand for a halt to settlement construction was rumored to be the carrot for Israeli participation in the talks, which would tackle the final status issues of borders, water, refugees and Jerusalem.
Talks were cut off following Israel’s launch of the Gaza war on 27 December 2008, which lasted 22 days and saw 1,505 Gazans killed. Since the war Palestinian negotiators have held their position on a total settlement construction freeze or no return to talks. Article Copied In It's Entirety From This News Source
It is also becoming increasingly obvious that Obama is intentionally aggravating the Jews. On June 9th, 2009, Obama was speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the telephone from the Oval Office in the White House. I have the photograph of the President, and he is sitting at his desk with both feet about level with his head and right in the lens of the camera. This was televised, and care was taken to make sure it was seen in Israel. (22) Why would Obama sit in this position for the White House photographers? Why were both feet in the lens and dominating the photograph? In Middle Eastern countries, it is a great insult to show the soles of the shoes.