Helene Cooper, a Washington-based diplomatic correspondent, writes in the April 8 edition of the New York Times about Obama advisers pondering whether the President should offer his own peace plan to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (“Weighing an Obama Plan To End a Mideast Logjam” page A10).
Stressing the difficulties of Mideast diplomacy, Cooper notes that when administration officials demanded a “freeze of Jewish settlements….Israel refused outright.”
This is a demonstrable lie. There was no “outright refusal” by Prime Minister Netanyahu, who responded with a unilateral Israeli concession — a 10-month moratorium of new construction in West Bank settlements — a concession Secretary of State Clinton hailed as “unprecedented.” This, after Netanyahu on his own already had decreed a total end to new settlements, a total end to expansion of existing settlements, and a total end to subsidies for home buyers in West Bank settlements.
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Granted that Netanyahu didn’t consent to Obama’s full demand, which included a Jewish building freeze in East Jerusalem. But by no stretch of Cooper’s twisted imagination was there an “outright refusal” by Bibi to the president’s request, as Hillary Clinton made amply clear.
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