For Netanyahu The Political Necessity Of Standing Firm On Settlements

Uli Speck of GlobalEurope relates The New York Times reports US, EU Try To Save Mideast Peace Talks  On Wednesday September 30, 2010: The White House’s senior Middle East advisers, Dennis B. Ross and Daniel B. Shapiro, briefed Democratic representatives on Capitol Hill about what Mr. Ross described as a “string of assurances in return for a two-month moratorium,” according to people who were in the meeting.

These would include additional military equipment — missile systems, aircraft, and satellites — a pledge to help Israel enforce a ban on the smuggling of weapons through a Palestinian state, and a promise to help forge a regional security agreement that would defend Israel against the threat posed by Iran.

Mr. Netanyahu has brushed aside these offers, officials said. For him, said an Israeli official, the political necessity of standing firm on settlements outweighs any security incentives offered by the United States.

“These are wonderful proposals, but because of the political realities, we can’t even have this discussion,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the delicacy of the talks. “It’s a question of what else can be offered.”

The BBC has a useful compilation of Israeli, Palestinian and US positions on the core issues in the Mideast talks.

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