US Suggests Mideast Deadline May Be Slipping

Monday, 15 Nov 2010 07:30 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. target to resolve all major issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by August 2011 may be slipping, the State Department said Monday.

Israel and the Palestinians resumed peace negotiations in Washington on Sept. 2 only to see these unravel within weeks after Israel's 10-month partial moratorium on Jewish settlement construction expired that month.

In her Aug. 20 announcement of the talks' relaunch, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the key issues — which include borders, settlements, Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees — could be resolved within a year.

However, U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley acknowledged the impasse on settlements could delay any resolution and said that if more time was needed, so be it.

"When the process started we said this could be accomplished within 12 months. Hard to say at this point, you know, given the delay, over the issue of settlements, where we stand on that clock," Crowley told reporters.

"If we get to August 2011 and we need a little more time, you know, to get this done, we'll take that time," he added.

"We're not making progress as we stand here," he said. "We have got to get the parties back into negotiations, then we can see, once again, you know, some forward motion," he said.

Washington wants Israel to renew the freeze on building settlements so that talks can resume with Palestinians, who walked out of negotiations after just a few weeks when Israel refused to extend its self-imposed settlement freeze.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a U.S. plan to his cabinet Sunday that would extend the freeze for 90 days in return for diplomatic and security incentives.

Israeli political sources said Sunday that Netanyahu would probably win narrow approval from his coalition government for the U.S. proposal. It is unclear whether the Palestinians will agree to resume talks.

 

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Pentagon: Price Tag for ISIS Fight Passes $1B

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 19:45 PM

The U.S. military has spent more than $1 billion fighting the Islamic State (ISIS), the Pentagon says. The campaign agai . . .

US Helped Imprisoned Cuban Spy Artificially Inseminate Wife

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 19:23 PM

The United States helped a Cuban spy imprisoned in California artificially inseminate his wife in Cuba, a goodwill gestu . . .

McConnell Opposes Obama on Cuba

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 18:40 PM

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he opposed President Barack Obama's move to normalize relations  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved