Israel Political Brief April 11, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu calls to resume direct negotiations with Palestinians

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

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Netanyahu calls to resume direct negotiations

Source: YNet News, 4-11-12

Israel welcomed the Quartet foreign ministers’ announcement, Wednesday, to take steps to improve the atmosphere for peace negotiations, without preconditions.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to propose in his meeting with a Palestinian delegation next week to raise the ranking of the negotiations teams, and resume direct talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. This massage is also to be passed through Netanyahu’s special envoy, Attorney Yitzhak Molcho, who is expected to meet with Abbas and deliver a missive stating Israel’s position regarding future arrangements with the Palestinians. (Attila Somfalvi)

Israel Political Brief Statement: Israel Welcomes Quartet Statement that Calls for the Continuation of Direct Talks between Israel and the Palestinians without Preconditions

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF: ISRAEL NEWS

Israel Welcomes Quartet Statement that Calls for the Continuation of Direct Talks between Israel and the Palestinians without Preconditions

Source: PMO, 4-11-12

Israel welcomes the Quartet statement that calls for the continuation of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians without preconditions.  At his meeting next week with a Palestinian delegation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will propose raising the level of the talks and to hold them directly with Abu Mazen.  This message will also be delivered by the Prime Minister’s personal envoy, attorney Yitzhak Molcho, who is expected to meet with Abu Mazen and give him a letter about Israel’s position regarding a future agreement with the Palestinians.

Israel Political Brief April 11, 2012: US Congress Democrats urge President Obama to advance 2-state solution supported at J-Street Conference

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House members urge Obama to advance 2-state solution

Source: JTA, 4-11-12

A J Street-backed letter from 74 Congressional lawmakers urged President Obama to reaffirm support for a two-state solution in the Middle East.

The members of the U.S. House of Representatives, all Democrats, signed on to what was the key agenda item during J Street’s advocacy day on March 27, which coincided with its annual conference.

“In our view, support for a two-state resolution is inseparable from such support for Israel, its special relationship with the United States, and its very survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people,” the letter said.

Seven Jewish members signed on to the letter, including two of the letter’s chief sponsors, Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and John Yarmuth (D-Ky.). Other notable Jewish members to sign the letter were Reps. Susan Davis (D-Calif.), Bob Filner (D-Calif.), Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).

Another signatory was Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking member of the budget committee.

In a press release announcing the letter’s signers, J Street’s director of government affairs, Dylan Williams, noted that the lawmakers “are making clear that to be pro-Israel is to support active U.S. engagement in achieving a two-state solution.”

“If the U.S. Congress does not make a viable resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a cornerstone of foreign policy in the region, then we are not truly helping Israel to face one its most critical challenges,” Williams said in the press release.

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