November 13th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Israel considers halting settlement construction

The Israeli government is considering a U.S. proposal that would temporarily halt settlement building in the West Bank for three months, Israeli Government officials said. In return, the US would commit to fight efforts to delegitimize Israel, the officials say.


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  1. Steve O'Leary

    "In return, the US would commit to fight efforts to delegitimize Israel."

    I wonder how much money are are to give them, or is it more weapone.

    November 13, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Steve O'Leary

    Where is the meat in this story? It truly says nothing.

    November 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. i wonder

    guess we're supposed to fill in the blanks

    November 13, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mr insh

    both comments above sum this up nicely...meanwhile the u.s. Government and the military will spend one hundred thousand in consultants to anal ise this by the next sunrise. Service to the american people by the proclaimed service people.

    November 13, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. i wonder

    This is a job for gramma ... reminds me of the old hanna-barbara cartoon where she is baby sitting all the little animal babies ... who are constantly fighting.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim Brieske

    Unless neither the Israelis or Palestinians have Jerusalem there will never be peace. These two groups can not live side by side a street between them.
    There must be a normal border arrangement like all other countries have in order for each country to establish a secure perimeter. Even if it means moving thousands and thousands of people. That includes moving people from both groups to live in the United States.
    God knows we have enough empty houses here. There is a reason for everything.

    November 13, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tomcat

      Jim, again I can't believe I'm saying this, but AGAIN I think you hit the nail on the head!!! I totally agree with you, we must be eating the same thing for breakfast Jimbo!!!LOL

      November 14, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. i wonder

    For some reason unbeknownst to me, although the few moments pass through my mind occasionally, a hebrew, or Jewish man approached me with an old school mate and told me of the abuse she suffered as a child. He also mentioned that the hebrew faith does not abuse their children. The girl had been really mean to everyone and I suppose he was helping her to make amends. But, the event had some staying power. This was pre-Oprah, before anyone talked about any abuses of any kind. Was all swept under the rug.

    November 14, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. i wonder

    Jim, you really think this is about a piece of land, or the 'principle'. ?
    If there is too much fuss over a thing it usually gets taken away.
    What if there is some goofy hybrid human thing in there that everyone is trying to keep hidden?
    Best bet ... everyone walk away and call it a place where no man goes. Obviously the whole issue causes everyone problems.
    I think we all wish our problems with weird and scary behavior would be over with.

    November 14, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |

    Israel is simply doing what any common thief would do, falsely covet things which do not belong to them. If the US had any mid East credibility it would order all Israelis off of Gaza and West Bank, recognize Palestine as a Sovereign Nation State, and dare Israel to cross the boarders or breach the peace. Israel is no allie to the US so let's all stop pretending.

    November 14, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Neonaz

      Spoken like a true Jew boy!!! ......hmmmmm I smell something cooking in the oven......smells like Jew meat!!LOL

      November 14, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      The US has consisenttly aided and promoted terroism: Saddam, Bin Laden, and Israel. Yes, most of of it covertly, even if regards to Israel. The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, the roots of 9/11 all are the result of US policy towards Israel.

      We muddle along, stringing the Americna people in fairytales about the true nature of possible resolutions while Israel expands it borders and oppresses the native population. Talk is cheap, action speaks. The real truth of the matter is that most of the United States current deficit is it's investment in Israel. Military expenditures, veteran compensation, Homeland security, outright gifts to Israel and bribes to their enemy to compell so-called Peance agreements and Israel recognition of it's Arab neighbors. And the conpounded interest on those loans to do so. The lost revenues in technology transfers by Israel third sourcing the technology, American personal and corporate tax deductions to ISrtaeli charities. Not to mention all the undercover transfers beneath these as well.

      A simple question with no answer: How many US citizens vote in Israeli elections and vice-versa?

      November 14, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. i wonder

    It's complicated.
    There are reasons upon reasons for this and that. The Tibetian Buddists have a saying for peering upon a chaotic mess.... It is what it is. They know when not to disect a thing.

    November 14, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. phil

    "The US would commit..." Is there a formal written agreement between our two governments? A peace-treaty for example? Jim, are there?

    November 14, 2010 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Steve

    From Haaretz : "In return for an Israeli freeze, the U.S. government would deliver 20 F-35 fighter jets to Israel, a deal worth $3 billion. Moreover, if an Israeli-Palestinian agreement is achieved, the U.S. would sign a comprehensive security agreement with Israel. The U.S. and Israel are to discuss the nature of the new security arrangements in the next few weeks. ", and
    "According to the offer Israel would stop construction in the West Bank for 90 days. The freeze includes construction that began after the end of the first settlement moratorium on September 26.

    The moratorium would not apply to construction in East Jerusalem. The U.S. will not ask Israel to extend the new moratorium when it expires."

    So, The US pays $22.2M a day ABOVE what they provide now, and agrees not to ask Israel to freeze their settlement construction later..

    WHAT a crock! The US doesn't have that moniey to spend, deficits are too high now, and this of course increases them further. Hillary Clinton needs to go, and if not then Obama needs impeachment.

    November 14, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      My calculations were off.. I used $2 billion, not $3 billion. It's more than an additional $33 Million per day and the US JUST CAN"T AFFORD to do that. And for NADA. GEven the interest payable as the result, the technology which will be third sourced by Israel.. and their use of these weapons are directed. It's a criminal action aimed at America.

      November 14, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Bernieg7

      You are correct. Just read the FULL article on another site. Why is C N N omitting these details?

      November 14, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. cesar

    @Steve O'Leary. Right,there's not a lot of absolute, so to speak, with the exception that Israel doesn't want to lose face. They know that they will need to halt the settlement building in order to have any chance to begin some kind of peace. But more significant is Jim's point-Jerusalem. Their deep religious beliefs means neither side will ever bend on this issue. So much for peace.

    November 14, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      And after any temprary freeze, in which it is clearly framed, They will certainly commence construction. Oh boy, how stupid and gullible does AIPAC controlled state department think the American people as well as the Palestinian leadership is? It does nothing whatsoever, except further fund Israel's ambition of conquest.

      November 14, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. cesar

    True, Israel will continue then, but if something can be negotiated during the 90 day freeze, maybe another freeze and a solution with Jerusalem can be ironed out.

    November 14, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Don't you think People see the handwriting on the wall? WHy hasn't CNN published the details of this agreement, why is was it neceessary to go to an Israeli newsource for this information? The pals willsee it is it truly is.

      It is an additional $10 donation from every American to Israel's war machine. Its irresponsible in these financial times. and since it's borrowed money, it will cost US more.

      November 14, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. Michigan girl

    That certainly was a disgusting remark neonaz you are obviously a person who was abused as a child. Jim for once i agree with you

    November 14, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
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