As Islamists gain, Obama pushes Israel into concessions / U.S. envoys reportedly seek creation of Palestinian state, division of Jerusalem (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) By Aaron Klein TEL AVIV, Israel 03/06/11)
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TEL AVIV – As Islamist parties gain momentum throughout the region,
President Obama has asked Israel to immediately give the Palestinian
Authority more control over cities in the strategic West Bank,
according to informed Middle East officials.
The officials said Obama´s envoys to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
met in recent days with officials from Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu´s office to express the request.
The officials said the U.S. has made a strategic decision to renew a
push now for Israel´s immediate return to the negotiating table to
discuss the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza
and eastern sections of Jerusalem.
Just yesterday, Netanyahu announced he is interested in jump-starting
talks with the Palestinians. He also accused the PA of using the
recent unrest in the Middle East as an excuse to avoid talking to
Sources in Netanyahu´s office told WND the prime minister´s
announcement came under intense U.S. and international pressure. The
announcement was also made in the wake of a recent debate at the
United Nations in which Israel´s Jewish communities in the West Bank
and eastern Jerusalem were slammed as "illegitimate."
Obama´s move to press Israel to create a Palestinian state comes as
WND reported last week the PA has been engaged in an intense effort
to convince the Hamas terrorist organization to join it in a new
Just yesterday, Hamas chief Khaled Meshal said in a public address
that the revolts in Egypt and Tunisia brought Hamas back to life,
adding that Hamas and Fatah must join forces in a jihad against
According to a senior PA official who spoke to WND last week, the PA
has been sending mediators to Hamas in an effort to persuade it into
a unity deal.
The PA is ready to give Hamas full official security control of the
Gaza Strip if the Islamist organization agrees to form a unity
government, the official said.
In 2007, Hamas seized Gaza from the PA and since then it has
maintained a de facto government in the territory. While Hamas
largely controls Gaza, the PA still has militias there that are
influential in key areas.
The PA official, who spoke to WND on condition of anonymity, said
that Hamas would not need to recognize the existence of Israel as a
precondition for entering a new unity government.
He said Hamas is being asked to commit itself to previous Palestinian
agreements, which would include those signed with Israel, without
actually recognizing the specific agreements with Israel. The PA
official admitted this request is seemingly contradictory. (Copyright
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