Mideast press deems US proposal fragile

The media in the Middle East commented at length on the US proposal to offer Israel defense and security guarantee in return for renewing a partial freeze on the building of Jewish settlement on the West Bank.

Israeli response ranged from hopeful to sceptical. Arab commentators were flippant of the offer. The in general tone of comment was that the US proposal was no assurance of progress in the talks.

A congeals for three months is neither here nor there… The query is whether Prime Minister Netanyahu and his coalition... are prepared to sign an accord that would take Israel back to the 1967 borders... If so, we should tip our hats to them.

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