Israel: Summit with Obama and Abbas was ”win”

Published September 23rd, 2009 - 10:17 GMT

Israel's foreign minister said Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's summit with the Palestinian and American leaders was a win because it took place even though Israel rejected demands to halt settlement construction activities in the West Bank.


Netanyahu met in New York on Tuesday with President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the meeting showed Israel's firm stand against a settlement freeze was effective. "This government has shown that you don't always need to get flustered, to surrender and give in," Lieberman told Israel Radio.


"What's important for me is that this government kept its promises to the voter ... and the fact is that this meeting happened."


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