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Barack Obama Photo: Reuters
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Benjamin Netanyahu Photo: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90
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Report: Obama wants timetable for pullout from West Bank

World Tribune quotes Israeli sources as saying US president expects to see detailed plan for Israeli withdrawal from West Bank during his visit to Israel as part of initiative to establish Palestinian state in 2014

Published: 03.04.13, 10:57 / Israel News

US President Barack Obama has demanded a timetable for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and wants to see a detailed plan from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his upcoming visit to Israel, the World Tribune reported Sunday.


Quoting Israeli sources, the newspaper said the Israeli plan would be considered as part of a US initiative to establish a Palestinian state in the West Bank in 2014.


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“Obama has made it clear to Netanyahu that his visit is not about photo-ops, but the business of Iran and a Palestinian state,” a source said. “The implication is that if Israel won’t give him something he can work with, then he’ll act on his own."


According to the report, Obama’s demand has sparked concern in the Prime Minister's Office, mainly due to the deadlock in coalition negotiations.


“The Obama people are making this a litmus test of Netanyahu’s leadership and credibility,” the Israeli source said. “Obama supporters in Congress have sent Netanyahu a similar message.”



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