US To Netanyahu: ‘We Oppose Unilateral Steps’


obama-netanyahu2“We would like to resume peace negotiations, and we think that both sides should take steps to make that possible,” State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Friday, commenting on statements made by Prime Minister in an interview with Bloomberg’s Jeffrey Goldberg published Thursday in which he said that Israel is considering unilateral steps.

The US spokeswoman further added that “no one should take any steps that undermine trust, including unilateral.”

Harf also stressed that Martin Indyk intends to resume his role as US special envoy to the Middle East peace process, and that he has not made any announcement of retirement. “He’s here. He’s working. I don’t have any predictions to make…about staffing going forward.

“You guys are kicking him out the door before he’s gone,” the American spokeswoman retorted to journalists enquiring about the US envoy’s rumored departure.

In the interview with Bloomberg’s Jeffrey Goldberg published Thursday, Netanyahu discussed the failed attempts at US brokered peace talks with the Palestinians, suggesting that to move forward, Israel may need to consider taking unilateral steps to achieve its goals.

“It’s true that the idea of taking unilateral steps is gaining ground, from the center-left to the center-right. Many Israelis are asking themselves if there are certain unilateral steps that could theoretically make sense,” Netanyahu said.

Commenting about Netanyahu’s interview, Harf said: “We don’t think either side should do anything to complicate efforts right now to build the trust necessary to resume negotiations,” further stressing that the American “position has not changed.”

“No one should take any steps that undermine trust, including unilateral,” the US spokesman said, emphasizing that the US “would like to resume peace negotiations.”

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  1. The State Department needs to direct its remarks on the subject exclusively to the Palestinians. If they ever get a firm, signed, sealed promise from them not to take any unilateral steps, then they can turn around and talk to the Israelis.

    And even then…

  2. First step is to get hamas and fatah to recognize Israel as a JEWISH STATE , then AND ONLY THEN should negoriations continue. Otherwise , they are wasting everyones valuable time and efforts!