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News, November 2010
U.S. Government Offers Israel $3 Billion Weapons Deal In Exchange For 3-month Settlement Freeze
After US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with the Israeli Prime Minister on Friday, the US set out an offer of additional military assistance to Israel in exchange for a 90-day moratorium on new settlement construction in the West Bank. Construction already in progress on hundreds of units of housing would be allowed to continue during the 'moratorium', which also does not include East Jerusalem.
Some Palestinian analysts say the U.S. offer is weak, as it does not
pressure Israel in any way to adhere to past signed agreements or
international law, but merely forestalls the inevitable failure of
'peace talks' between two vastly unequal players. Some have even
suggested that this is an attempt by the U.S. to bribe Israel to do what
it is required to do under international law.
Egypt denies it has prior idea about US stimulus package for Israel
[ 15/11/2010 - 10:40 AM ]
Egypt's foreign ministry denied it was informed previously about the stimulus package deal offered by the American administration to Israel in exchange for a three-month settlement freeze in the West Bank.
"Egypt does not see that Israel's freeze of settlement activities in the West Bank is an end in itself that entails paying high prices for it in return," spokesman for the ministry Hosam Zaki stated in a news conference on Sunday.
"The freeze we need should stem mainly from the Israeli government's awareness of its responsibilities and obligations towards the establishment of peace and not be turned into a bargaining chip that spoils the negotiation process before it begins," spokesman Zaki added.
The spokesman stressed that the settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories including east Jerusalem are illegal and totally violate international law, adding that Egypt cannot accept at all such political maneuvers that are aimed at maintaining or legitimizing settlement activities.
According to this US-Israeli deal, settlement construction will be frozen for three months in the West Bank excluding east Jerusalem in exchange for American political and security pledges and incentives.
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