Oren: Gov't will reach settlement deal

Incoming envoy confident US and Israel will find "creative solutions;" cites flexibility on both sides.

June 16, 2009 17:32
Oren: Gov't will reach settlement deal

micahel oren 248.88. (photo credit: AP)

Incoming ambassador to the United States said Tuesday he was confident that his government will soon reach an agreement with Washington to allow some construction in West Bank settlements. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's designated envoy to Washington, Michael Oren, said there is enough "wiggle room" to find "creative solutions" to work out a deal with Washington. "I think there is flexibility on both sides and I'm confident that we can work this out. I think that both the [Barack] Obama administration and Israel want to move forward on the peace process. We don't want to get caught up in this issue," Oren told the Associated Press. "The goal here is to remove the settlement issue as an impediment to advancing the peace process, he said. "I think on the American side, there's an appreciation of that eagerness." Oren gave no details on how Israel expects to bridge its differences with Washington. Netanyahu is expected to discuss the matter next week with the White House's Mideast envoy, George Mitchell.

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