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Netanyahu Vows to Continue East Jerusalem Construction

by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, March 21, 2010

Last week’s declaration of victory in the ongoing Israel row by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to have been a short-lived win, and media claims that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had “bowed” to US demands appear to be premature.

In his most recent public comments, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated that he would like to see the “indirect talks” with the Palestinian Authority resume, but that he absolutely would not ever agree to restrict construction in occupied East Jerusalem, the issue upon which the talks have stalled.

With Netanyahu on his way to the US for AIPAC’s policy conference, and expected to focus his visit on pressing President Obama for more advanced weapons with which to attack Iran, it was widely expected that the Netanyahu government would try to defuse the tensions over the East Jerusalem move, which US officials considered a public insult.

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by Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondent, Haaretz/Israel, Jan 21, 2010

The Republican upset in the race for the U.S. Senate seat held for nearly half a century by liberal Edward M. Kennedy reflects a huge victory for opponents of U.S. President Barack Obama – and also for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Scott Brown defeated once-favored Martha Coakley for the Massachusetts seat even after U.S. President Barack Obama rushed to Boston on Sunday to try to save her candidacy.

Over the past nine months, Netanyahu has managed to curb pressure from Obama, who enjoys a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress. Now, however, Obama will be more dependent on the support of his Republican rivals, the supporters and friends of Netanyahu.

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Cautions World Leaders Could Face Similar Charges for their Wars

by Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com, September 17, 2009

While other top Israeli officials dismissed the UN’s Gaza War Crimes report with a combination of the usual accusations of personal bias by South African Judge Richard Goldstone and claims of outright anti-semitism behind the assessment of Israel’s January invasion of the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a surprisingly frank response.

The hawkish Israeli Prime Minister cautioned that world leaders had better publicly reject the report, because they might face similar accusations of war crimes for their behavior in their assorted wars as well.

The UN report cited evidence that both the Israeli military and the Gaza militant groups involved in the conflict committed serious war crimes which might amount to crimes against humanity. Human rights groups say that the vast majority of the roughly 1,400 Gazans killed by the Israeli attack were civilians.

And while the UN report went out of its way to accuse both sides of war crimes, the United States was among the first to heed Netanyahu’s calls, condemning the report as “clearly one-sided.” The US was among the most outspoken defenders of the Israeli invasion.

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Editorial

Financial Times/UK, August 25 2009

When Barack Obama told Israel that “part of being a good friend is being honest”, the country’s political elites got an inkling that decades of double-talk on the conflict with the Palestinians were over. In his June 4 speech at Cairo University he spelled it out: “Just as Israel’s right to exist cannot be denied, neither can Palestine’s.”

The US president could have been addressing Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, who refuses to rein in colonisation of Palestinian land or push a two-state solution to the conflict. Yet, however much Mr Obama tries to change the conversation, in and on the Middle East, Mr Netanyahu keeps trying to change the subject.

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