'Do Not Bow to US Pressure' for Framework Agreement
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) urged Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu not to bow to US pressure on Saturday night, in light of Netanyahu's upcoming meeting with US President Barack Obama.
"I am confident that you will stand firm in maintaining the common interests of the State of Israel and the United States, and will contribute to strengthening the strong and close friendship [between the two countries] during this complex process," Danon stated.
"I have no doubts that you will uphold the values of the Likud, including preserving the security of the State of Israel," Danon continued. "Don't bow to pressure to divide Jerusalem and withdraw to 1967 borders. I will conclude with the words of Ze'ev Jabotinsky [famed Zionist leader and visionary - ed.]: 'Whether good or bad, whether easy or difficult, whether cheap or expensive - this is my Land!'"
Little has trickled out about the details of Kerry's proposed framework to guide the talks forward. Thomas Friedman of the New York Times published some alleged details of the plan, which, he said, will call for a phased Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria based on the 1949 armistice lines, with "unprecedented" security arrangements in the strategic Jordan Valley.
Martin Indyk, American envoy to the peace talks, later revealed to American Jewish leaders that 75 to 80 percent of the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria would remain in their homes even after a permanent agreement. The agreement will include a reference to the incitement against Israel in the Palestinian Authority (PA) and will also include a reference to compensation for Jewish refugees who came from Arab countries.
Netanyahu will meet Obama at the White House on Monday to discuss the plans, where the New York Times reports that the US will "make an urgent appeal" to the Prime Minister to accept the framework - despite ongoing concerns that the plan will not actually lead to peace.