May 9, 2014

U.S. Officials: Blame Palestinians, Too

Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

One observation I was surprised to hear from Obama administration officials these past couple of days concerns Netanyahu’s own willingness to continue down the Kerry-designed negotiations path. Despite his reputation, they said, they’re convinced Netanyahu is gripped by a sense that time is not on Israel’s side. If Israel does not find a way to end the occupation of most of the West Bank, its democracy will be imperiled. This understanding is one not shared by some members of Netanyahu's own governing coalition, and American officials have privately expressed sympathy for his political predicament.

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TAGGED: Mahmoud Abbas, Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinians, Palestine, Israel


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