Netanyahu Obama peaceprocessfrom Israel Today

Some Israelis lawmakers on Thursday were upset over what they viewed as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s flippant decision to announce more Jewish “settlement activity” in the midst of US-brokered peace talks, even as reports indicated Israel doesn’t really need American involvement in the negotiating process, after all.

“Netanyahu is giving the American administration the finger,” MK Zehava Gal-On, leader of the extreme left-wing Meretz Party, said regarding the prime minister’s announcement that a tenders for an unspecified number of new housing units in existing Jewish communities would be issued in the coming weeks.

Netanyahu tied the new building tenders to the third release of jailed Palestinian terrorists agreed upon as part of the current peace talks.

So far, the negotiations brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry have failed to produce any positive results, despite Kerry’s repeated trips to the region. However, the headline story in Israel’sYediot Ahronot on Thursday again suggested that Israel and the Palestinians really don’t need such overt American involvement in the peace process.

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