Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Who is running Israel?

Reported U.S.-Israel Agreement to Postpone Jerusalem Talks, Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert secured approval from U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to postpone negotiations on the future of Jerusalem according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. The Palestinians, however, continue to demand that all core issues, including that of the capital's status, remain on the table as agreed at the Annapolis conference. The Haaretz source said the agreement came in a phone call between Olmert and Rice about a week ago. Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud 'Abbas are scheduled to meet on Tuesday, but weather might force a postponement of that meeting. President Bush apparently accepted Olmert's reasoning that the jeopardy to his tenure as prime minister discussing Jerusalem would cause outweighs the bad feelings with the Palestinians the deviation from the Annapolis agreement will undoubtedly generate.

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