US says we’ll fight delegitimization of Israel in exchange for settlement freeze 13Nov10 November 14, 2010

by Barak Ravid  -  Haaretz -  13 November 2010

The United States has offered Israel a package of incentives to reinstate a freeze on West Bank settlement construction.

The package of incentives includes American commitments to fight against efforts to delegitimize Israel.

The security cabinet will meet Saturday night in Jerusalem to be updated on Netanyahu’s talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last Thursday in New York.

According to “The Cable” blog, White House Middle East adviser Dan Shapiro told a group of American Jewish leaders on Friday that the incentives package includes commitments to oppose anti-Israel diplomatic efforts in the international arena.

The U.S. incentives package would include: curbing actions by the United Nations on the Goldstone Report; blocking anti-Israel UN resolutions concerning the Gaza flotilla raid; defeating international resolutions aimed at exposing Israel’s nuclear program at the International Atomic Energy Agency; and strengthening pressure on Iran and Syria in regards to their nuclear and proliferation activities.

U.S.-sponsored direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority broke down on September 26 when a 10-month Israeli freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank expired. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said he would not restart negotiations with Israel while settlement construction continues.

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