US shifts approach: forget Israeli settlement freeze, focus instead on "core issues"

The U.S. is rolling out a new approach to the Israeli-Palestinian impasse: it has decided to abandon its attempts to get Israel to extend a “moratorium” on settlement building on occupied Palestinian territory, and instead will try to get the parties to focus on “core issues“.

Israeli settlements have, of course, always been one of the “core issues” of this conflict.

The U.S. will apparently propose now, however, that discussions on settlements should be held without reference to anything that might appear to be either a solution or a precondition — such as a “freeze” or “moratorium” on settlements.

Once again, however, this plays along with Israeli negotiating interests, and sacrifices the Palestinian positions…

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