Parade of US Officials Expected to Increase Pressure
by Yehudah Lev Kay
A parade of four senior U.S. officials due in Israel this week are expected to increase pressure on Israel to agree to a construction freeze in Judea and Samaria and avoid any action against the Iranian nuclear threat.
The special U.S. envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, lands in Israel Sunday after a short visit in Damascus. He will meet with Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday and with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday.
Mitchell has spearheaded U.S. President Barack Obama's efforts to pressure Israel into a construction freeze in Judea and Samaria, but Netanyahu has so far maintained that building for 'natural increase' must be allowed. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly told EU officials last week that Israel would soon agree to a freeze.
The U.S. State Department said Mitchell would continue to focus on the Israeli-Palestinian Authority conflict in his visit. "He wants to be clear that, you know, all sides are creating the conditions, putting themselves in position so that when we begin a formal negotiating process, we've put ourselves in the best position to have a successful outcome," State department spokesman Phillip Crowley said.
On Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is to land in Israel and will meet with Netanyahu. Aides said his visit would focus on Iran, and Gates is expected to tell the Israelis that Obama is serious on ending Iran's nuclear program, and that his offer to Iran for negotiations is not open-ended.
Later in the week, U.S. National Security Advisor James Jones and White House Iranian affairs expert Dennis Ross will meet with Netanyahu. The White House said the two would "discuss the broad range of issues in our relationships with Israel and the Palestinian Authority "building on discussions special envoy Mitchell and Secretary Gates will have a few days earlier."
Arrival of Four Officials Said to be "Coincidental"
American officials said the convergence of four senior officials on Israel in one week was "coincidental."
Netanyahu also downplayed the significance of the visits on Sunday morning. "These visits are taking place as part of the ongoing relationship between Israel and the U.S.," he said. "Even in friendly relationships there are different opinions. We want to reach understandings so we can achieve our common goals – peace, security, and development in the Middle East.
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(IsraelNN.com) Kadima MK Nachman Shai attacked Monday the government’s decision to leave the Foreign Ministry “out of the loop” with regard to the high level U.S. government official visits to Israel during the course of the week. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is currently out of the country.
“This week four senior U.S. officials are arriving in Israel,” Shai said. “The Foreign Minister is visiting South America and he and his office are not part of the discussions. The Prime Minister is leaving the Foreign Ministry out of the loop."
Barak, Jones Meet in Jerusalem
Reported: 10:35 AM - Jul/29/09
Mitchell Reports Progress towards Construction Freeze
Reported: 10:44 AM - Jul/29/09
(IsraelNN.com) U.S. envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, reported progress in achieving a construction freeze in Judea and Samaria to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, according to a report in Wednesday’s Al-Hayat newspaper. Mitchell met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on the issue Tuesday.
The report also said that U.S President Barack Obama would present his plan for Middle East peace within two months. Israeli sources have reported, on the other hand, that the Americans have softened their demands for a construction freeze in Judea and Samaria.
(IsraelNN.com) Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with U.S. National Security Advisor Jim Jones on Wednesday morning in the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem.
The two were expected to discuss the ongoing American demand for a construction freeze in Judea and Samaria.
As expected, on the 8th day of Av, the Vatican proxy James Jones comes here, as an American rep. of course, to pressure Barak to cause us harm. We know he is a Jesuit 'coadjutor'. Thanks to Yesha youth steadfastness, the evil ones decided to forgo destroying 23 outposts on this date; but this doesn't stop them from doing their utmost to HURT AND DAMAGE AM YISRAEL anyway. What better way than to send THE Jesuit in the US gov and army, to make a deal with their man in the Israeli government? We know Barak will do everything in his power to accommodate whatever demands are made upon Israel.