Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government said it would reject any moves by the Obama administration to set its own timeline and benchmarks for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, potentially establishing a new fault line between the U.S. and Israel.
Key Arab leaders, such as Jordan’s King Abdullah II, have publicly called for U.S. President Barack Obama to impose on Israel the parameters for negotiations, arguing that otherwise the process will stall interminably.
These developments have rankled Mr. Netanyahu’s government, which is already at odds with Mr. Obama over the issue of Jewish building in disputed East Jerusalem.
“I don’t believe this will be accepted by the administration because it will be a grave mistake…The solution has to be homegrown,” Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal late Sunday.
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