Meridor: Israel, U.S. agreed on settlements


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel and the United States agreed six years ago that Israel could build within the boundaries of existing settlements, an Israeli Cabinet member said.

Intelligence Affairs Minister Dan Meridor told reporters Tuesday that Israel and the U.S. had a clear agreement dating back six years, and that Israel had honored its commitment to the Middle East peace "road map." Meridor was a close confidante of Prime Minister and served his government as a minister without portfolio.

At a briefing organized by The Israel Project, Meridor said that the Obama administration’s failure to recognize the previous understandings was "deeply problematic," the Jerusalem Post reported.

Meridor said the Israeli government endorsed the road map’s vision for Palestinian statehood — the first time such a specific endorsement has been made — and recognized that agreements under the road map were binding on all parties.

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