US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Israel is willing to make concessions involving the building settlements in areas of the West Bank.
Clinton announcement comes as the Palestinians are demanding that Israel gives up building settlement in the West Bank, Gaza and other disputed lands that Palestinian claim as their own.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
What the prime minister has offered in specifics on restraints on a policy of settlements … is unprecedented,” she said.
The settlements has been the sticking point between The Palestinians and Israelis.
“There are always demands made in any negotiation that are not going to be fully realized,” she said.
Previous engagements by Secretary Clinton was more demanding to Israel. Demanding a complete halt to settlement construction. Israel was not willing to capitulate to Palestinian demands.
While Israel has made this concessions. This did not move the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas want the complete withdraw of Israel out of the region with removal of Israelis settlements.
Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh, responding to Clinton’s comments, said, “There can be no excuse for the continuation of settlements, which is really the main obstacle in the way of any credible peace process.
“Israel is not interested in stopping its settlement activities and the American administration didn’t succeed in convincing the Israeli government to stop these activities,” he said. “There should be a real change in the Israeli position toward this issue in order for the peace process to be restarted.”
At the press conference with Clinton, Netanyahu said Israel is “willing to engage in peace talks immediately without preconditions. Unfortunately the other side is not.”