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  Elul 3, 5769 , 23/08/09

Progress in Negotiations with US

The Foreign Affairs Ministry estimates that if the U.S. special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell will propose that Israel freeze construction within Judea and Samaria, the U.S. will allow construction that already began. In exchange, Arab countries and the Palestinian Authority will undergo “normalization” of relations with Israel, Voice of Israel government radio reports.

Israel’s envoys, Yitzchak Molcho and Brig. Gen. Mike Herzog, reported progress in talks with the U.S. to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Foreign Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

A senior government official said that merely renewing ties with countries such as Qatar, Oman, and Morocco, would not be considered adequate compensation for Israel’s concessions unless the Arab League would cease its embargo and allow Israeli planes to fly over Arab airspace, and allow banking, tourism, and trade with Israel. Israel also demands that the Arab countries take deeper strides in fighting terror, stop incitement, and begin talks without preconditions.

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