Former ambassador says US is 'bribing' Israel

November 20, 2010 21:39

Former US ambassador to Israel and Egypt Daniel Kurtzer says the US is bribing Israel to halt settlement construction for 90 days in order to encourage the Palestinians to rejoin peace talks, and that both sides may come to regret the deal currently being discussed.

In a Washington Post op-ed published Saturday, Kurtzer says:"The United States is poised to reward Israel for its bad behavior...this is a very bad idea. And while Washington will almost certainly come to regret bribing Israel, Israel may regret receiving such a bribe even more."

He cites a list of "problems" that could arise from any such arrangement and adds that the move is "short-sighted."

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