Israeli FM: US meeting proof firm stand paid off
Israel's foreign minister says a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Palestinian and American leaders was a victory for Israel because it took place even though Israel refused demands to freeze settlement in the West Bank, AP reported.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israel Radio Wednesday that the government "kept its promises to the voter" and showed it is not necessary to "surrender and give in."
Israel agreed only to slow settlement construction in the Palestinian territory for a limited time. President Barack Obama did not explicitly demand a freeze at Tuesday's meeting in New York, an omission that rankled Palestinians.
The Palestinians say they will not resume negotiations with Israel without a settlement freeze.