Can Bibi be bribed?
By Edmund Sanders
Netanyahu lobbies his Cabinet on Obama peace talk incentives Multi-billions are at stake
Multi-billions are at stake
ERUSALEM (MCT) Under pressure from the Obama administration, Israeli Prime Minister
But Netanyahu immediately faced strong opposition from conservative politicians and Jewish settler groups, who vowed to block the American proposal because it would reimpose building restrictions in the
U.S. officials hope to use the three-month window to focus talks on setting final borders for a proposed Palestinian state. Once both sides agree to borders,
After a confrontational Cabinet meeting, Moshe Yaalon,
Netanyahu told ministers that the terms of the U.S. offer were still being negotiated and he pledged to bring it for a vote before the smaller security Cabinet when the details are finalized.
The package, discussed last week between Netanyahu and Secretary of State
As was the case with
Netanyahu outlined the proposal at Sunday's Cabinet meeting, but no vote was taken. It remains unclear whether the prime minister has enough votes to get it passed.
"The prime minister wants to reach an agreement with the U.S.," said one official close to Netanyahu. "If he's happy with the final details, he'll do his best to convince the members of the security Cabinet to approve it."
Analysts said it remained unclear whether the prime minister was fully committed to the plan.
"The million-dollar question here is what is going on inside Netanyahu's head, and no one has a good answer," said
Israeli Foreign Minister
"We will not agree to focus on the subject of the border," Lieberman was quoted as saying by Israel Today newspaper. "That would be a bitter mistake."
But Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who had previously voiced opposition to renewing the building moratorium, indicated Sunday that his Shas Party might agree to abstain from the vote if Jewish building in
Palestinian officials said they had not been briefed on the plan by U.S. officials and would refrain from making a judgment until then. But some expressed concern that the building restrictions would not cover
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