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August 26, 2009


Anti-War - In a deal scheduled to be finalized during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to London, Israel will accept a resumption of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. The deal came as a result of President Obama caving to virtually every demand made by Israel. In essence, the Israeli government will freeze new construction in the West Bank, potentially for as much as a year, while continuing ongoing construction projects. East Jerusalem will reportedly not be part of this freeze. In return, the United States will reportedly back massive new sanctions against the Iranian government and will stop criticizing the growth of the settlements. . . The ability to get those sanctions, which would in essence cut Iran entirely out of the international oil and gas market and cripple their economy, passed in the United Nations is in serious doubt. Both Russia and China have previously objected to the most harsh sanctions, and this push is likely to be no different


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