12-11-13

'Peace talks': Kerry in Jerusalem to keep peace talks alive

1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

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Mar 20, 2013 - 'How Obama Became Netanyahu'
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/20/how-obama-became-netanyahu0.html

August 4, 2013 - 'Kerry makes new, ambitious Mideast peace push'
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22977410/kerry-meets-israeli-leaders-push-mideast-peace

November 2, 2013 - 'US Must Sell Peace Talks to Israeli, Palestinian Public'
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/iw/contents/articles/opinion/2013/08/palestinian-media-rights-peace-talks.html

November 12, 2013  - Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank
http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/unprecedented-settlement-expansion.html

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