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According to the Hebrew-language daily Inyan Merkazi on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama was explicit in his directives to Israel. "The US will not use its veto at the UN Security Council if you do not agree to American demands. We will let you face the international outcry alone."
The daily further reported that Netanyahu swore to meet the following list of demands to:
- Noticably ease the siege on Gaza
- Remove several military checkpoints in the West Bank
- Release hundreds of Fatah-affiliated prisoners
- Allow construction material into Gaza
- Freeze settlement construction in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, for an indefinite period.
The sources noted there were several other American demands that were also met.
"Is this another 'unfortunate' mistake? Is this another 'misunderstanding?'" said Cabel, a member of the Labor Party, which sits in the governing coalition.
"Netanyahu decided to spit into Obama's eye, this time from up close. He and his pyromaniac ministers insist on setting the Middle East ablaze."
The amazing aspect of this is, that the US is the only country that could pressure Israel enough to become really dedicated to a constructive solution to peace. Without their pressure, a peace agreement is impossible.