RAMALLAH, March 28 (JMCC) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
continues to meet with his ministers to find a way to meet Washington's demands, reports
the Jerusalem Post
Netanyahu convened his six senior ministers, a forum known as the “Septet,” on Friday to discuss his recent trip to the US and President Barack Obama’s demands, which reportedly include ending Israeli building in east Jerusalem, releasing security prisoners to strengthen Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, accepting the Palestinian demand that the core issues – settlements, borders, Jerusalem and refugees – be discussed in indirect talks with the US as mediators, and extending Israel’s 10-month moratorium on housing starts in West Bank settlements.Read
The five-hour meeting on Friday ended just before Shabbat, without any clear decisions. Netanyahu’s spokesman, Nir Hefetz, issued a statement saying only that additional meetings with the Septet would be held in the coming days, and that there would be continued contacts with the US administration to find an agreed-upon way to restart the diplomatic process.
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