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Progress on establishing a Palestinian state must go "hand-in-hand" with efforts to stem Iranian influence in the Middle East, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday, implicitly rejecting the emerging position of the new Israeli government.
Aides to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said this week that the Israeli government will not move ahead on the core issues of peace talks with the Palestinians until it sees progress in U.S. efforts to stop Iran's suspected pursuit of a nuclear weapon and limit Tehran's rising influence in the region. Netanyahu, who is skeptical of efforts to create a Palestinian state, plans to visit Washington next month; aides said he was preparing to outline his emerging policy to President Obama.
Clinton noted that every Arab official she has met with "wants very much to support the strongest possible policy toward Iran." But, she said, "they believe that Israel's willingness to reenter into discussions with the Palestinian Authority strengthens them in being able to deal with Iran."
She said the Obama administration was seeking to coordinate the Arab and Israeli positions so the unusual dynamic of unity on Iran could be exploited. "We have to sort of get everybody together in one place, which hasn't yet happened, to figure out how that can proceed," she said.
Clinton indicated that if a unity government is formed, the administration would be willing to deal with that government, even if it contained Hamas ministers, as long as the government agreed to those conditions, much as the United States currently deals with the elected Lebanese government in which the militant group Hezbollah controls 11 out of 30 cabinet seats.
Originally posted by ZeroKnowledge
AIPAC or not - i do not see Israel stalling the talks a lot longer. US declared that two countries for two nations principle is US national interest. This pretty much sums it up.
From what i read between the lines, Israeli leaderships says - first lets deal with Iran and we will go with the process afterward. And US is saying - go on with the process already, and we will see then how it all develops.
So i have no doubt that US will handle Israeli pressure. Not only that, it will actually pretty soon pressure Israel into continuing where previous government stopped.
Why wouldn't it be in Israel's interest?
Lieberman promotes 2-state solution
Egyptian paper reports meeting between Foreign Minister, Intelligence Chief Suleiman; Egyptian sources say Lieberman was "incredibly moderate"
Israel's controversial foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, openly promoted the concept of two states for two people, London-based Egyptian newspaper al-Hayat reported on Saturday.
According to the paper, Lieberman was "incredibly moderate" during a meeting with Omar Suleiman, Egypt's Intelligence Chief. Suleiman visited Israel last week, meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres.
His meeting with Lieberman was kept secret in order to avoid making waves following requests from Egyptians that the foreign minister issue a formal apology for statements made about Egypt's government in the past.
Al-Hayat reported that the meeting was "successful and met its objectives." In this context, the newspaper reported that the Netanyahu government is set deepening ties with Egypt as one of its top priorities, with one source saying that Netanyahu would visit Egypt after his return from Washington.
The paper quoted the source as saying that "Lieberman was a incredibly moderate and spoke with Suleiman about the peace process and negotiations. He presented the two-state solution as a means to promote security, stability and peace in the region.
Additionally, he emphasized the importance of economic development in the West Bank and Gaza," the source said. source: YNET