Netanyahu’s lip service to Arab peace proposals is old news and no one’s buying it – Barak Ravid – Haaretz 31.05.16
Reassuring words of peace without deeds won’t improve relations with the US, stop the French initiative or get Netanyahu a photo-op with an Arab leader. Why? Kerry, Mogherini and Sisi just don’t believe him. They want to see deeds. Foreign ministers from 29 countries, including the US and Russia, will convene in Paris next Friday. Quartet report is due soon after.
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Israel braces itself for Paris peace confab… by doing nothing – Ralph Ahren – The Times of Israel 31.05.16
While Jerusalem pooh-poohs French initiative, Ramallah hopes it can shift ‘the inequitable power dynamic’ in its favour.
PM partially embraces Arab peace plan, says it could ‘revive’ talks with Palestinians – Ralph Ahren – The Times of Israel 30.05.16
Netanyahu offers to negotiate revisions to the 2002 initiative; new Defence Minister Liberman also sees ‘very positive elements’ to it.
Lieberman sworn in as Defence Minister after stormy Knesset session – Jonathan Lis – Haaretz 30.05.16
Before swearing in, lawmakers take podium to slam Netanyahu and new minister. ‘This is a racist man, a violent man convicted of assaulting a person,’ MK Rosenthal says. Likud MK Benny Begin abstains.