Saturday, March 13, 2010

Clinton warns Netanyahu US-Israeli relations at risk

he crisis in US-Israeli relations took a sharp turn for the worse Friday night, March 12, with a phone call from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warning Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu that the relationship was at risk unless Israel toed the administration's line in renewed talks with the Palestinians. Israel must take immediate steps to demonstrate it was interested in renewing efforts for a Middle East agreement, he was told - a reference to sweeping concessions, including halting construction in Jerusalem.
It was the sudden announcement of an added 1,600 homes in East Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo in the middle of Vice President Joe Biden's visit which tipped the already tense relations into this crisis. Netanyahu told Biden it had come about without his knowledge.