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(photo credit: Avi Ohayon)
The New York Times
criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in an editorial article
in the newspaper's Saturday edition, for placing more importance on
pleasing the right wing members of his coalition than working with US
President Barack Obama to achieve a peace agreement with the
The editorial entitled, "Politics Over Peace," also
carried the contention that Netanyahu was counting on support from
Republicans in the US congress, who recently gained a large number of seats in the Senate and gained the majority in the House of Representatives. The article cites the publishing of plans to build new housing units in east Jerusalem and Netanyahu "faulting" Obama for not threatening Iran with military action
as evidence that the prime minister sees the Republican gains in
Midterm elections as ensuring him of US support "no matter what he
'US failed to convince Netanyahu to halt construction'
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The article added that although both the Israelis and Palestinians need
to do more to salvage stalled peace talks, the burden is on Netanyahu to
extend the moratorium on settlement construction for 60 days in order
to get Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas back to the
negotiating table. The New York Times
editorial staff contended that such an extension of the moratorium
would "in no way harm Israel’s security or national interest."
According to the Times, US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered Netanyahu "a package of
generous incentives and security guarantees" in exchange for a
resumption of the settlement freeze at their seven hour meeting in the US on Thursday.