Mofaz has impromptu meeting with Obama (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yitzhak Benhorin Published: 06.21.12, 20:27)
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US president joins meeting between vice premier and national security
advisor at White House
WASHINGTON – Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz, who is wrapping up his
Washington visit, spoke to US President Barack Obama at the White
House on Thursday.
Mofaz was meeting with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon when
Obama entered the room, just three minutes into the session. The
meeting lasted 35 minutes.
Mofaz told Obama that there is an 18-month window of opportunity to
resume talks with the Palestinians and stated that agreements on
borders and security can be made.
During the meeting, Mofaz explained Kadima´s motivations to join the
coalition and noted that the step opens a window for the resumption
of peace talks with the Palestinians. He called on Obama to toughen
sanctions on Iran and continue with preparations for a military
Earlier this week, Mofaz met with US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton and other White House and Congress officials.
Israeli officials said that Obama was interested in what Mofaz had to
say about progress vis-à-vis the Palestinians and the Iranian issue.
During his visit to Washington, Mofaz said that the Palestinian issue
poses more risks than the Iranian issue and requires direct
During a Kadima conference earlier this week, Mofaz addressed
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and urged him to resume talks
"Drop the letters, enough with the statements and preconditions -
let´s talk peace,´ he said. "There is no greater danger to the future
of the Jewish people than a bi-national state between the Jordan
River and the sea."
He also noted that if talks on Iran´s nuclear program fail, there
would be no choice but to stage global involvement. (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 06/21/12)
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