Thursday, March 18, 2010

Netanyahu in climbdown over US demands for peace

The Guardian UK.
• Prime minister agrees to postpone building plans
• Some concessions made in private, say diplomats

The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, last night caved into US demands over the Middle East peace process, opening the way for a resumption of talks with the Palestinians.

It was a humiliating climbdown for Netanyahu after a week of pressure from the Barack Obama administration.

Netanyahu, in a telephone call to the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, who was in Moscow for Middle East talks, agreed to various demands she had set out last Friday.
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