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Monday, February 20, 2017

Netanyahu rebuffed Kerry's secret peace offer, Obama officials claim

JERUSALEM – Israel's prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-American Secretary of State John Kerry, former U.S. officials confirmed Sunday.

Netanyahu took part in a secret summit that Kerry organized in the southern Jordanian port city of Aqaba last February and included Jordan's King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. The secret meeting was first reported by the Haaretz daily.

According to two former Obama administration officials, Kerry proposed regional recognition of Israel as a Jewish state -- a key Netanyahu demand -- alongside a renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians with the support of the Arab countries.

Netanyahu rejected the offer, which would have required a significant pullout from disputed territories, saying he would not be able to garner enough support for it in his hard-line coalition government.



Anonymous said...

After the way Obama and Kerry scammed Bibi, why would he be inclined to let them do it again?

He was very wise telling Kerry to pound sand. You can be sure the only winner would have been Kerry.

Anonymous said...

Kerry and Obama can not be trusted, then a d now

Anonymous said...

This old fool needs to crawl back into his hole.