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Panetta: Israel must 'get to the damn table'
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US defense secretary urges Israel to resume negotiations with Palestinians and mend ties with regional powers.

Last Modified: 03 Dec 2011 13:00

Leon Panetta, US defence secretary, has urged Israel to go back to the negotiating table with Palestinians and to address what he described as the country's growing isolation in the Middle East.

In remarks made at the Brookings Institution in Washington on Friday, Panetta said: "The problem right now is we cant get them to the damn table to at least sit down and begin to discuss their differences.

"We understand the concerns of Israel, we understand the concerns of the Palestinians.

"If they sit at a table and work through those concerns and the United States can be of assistance in that process, then I think you have the beginning of what could be a process that could lead to a peace agreement.

"But if they arent there, if they arent at the table, this will never happen. So first and foremost get to the damn table."

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  -Panetta: Israel must 'get to the damn table' Jefferson23  Dec-03-11 08:44 AM   #0 
  - Misleading headline suggesting Israel is the one who won't get to the damn table.  shira   Dec-03-11 08:52 AM   #1 
  - lol. n/t  Jefferson23   Dec-03-11 09:02 AM   #2 
     - either panetta is an idiot or aljazeera is misquoting him  Mosby   Dec-03-11 01:39 PM   #6 
     - Panetta: Israel must get to the "damn" peace table  Jefferson23   Dec-03-11 01:44 PM   #7 
        - AP version from LBN:  bemildred   Dec-03-11 02:17 PM   #8 
     - I was wrong. Panetta is an idiot. n/t  shira   Dec-04-11 09:50 AM   #12 
  - Besides. it looks bad. like you don't really want to. nt  bemildred   Dec-03-11 10:12 AM   #3 
  - Indeed. n/t  Scurrilous   Dec-03-11 11:38 AM   #4 
  - and Israel asks............  azurnoir   Dec-03-11 12:59 PM   #5 
  - The concerns of Israel being that it wants to continue building settlements?  Violet_Crumble   Dec-03-11 08:53 PM   #9 
  - All that needs to be done to get it happening is for the Palestinians to come to the table.  Dick Dastardly   Dec-04-11 09:52 AM   #13 
     - All that needs to happen is for Israel to stop settlement construction...  Violet_Crumble   Dec-05-11 02:06 PM   #14 
     - That's what the PA said before the 10 month moratorium, so why didn't they negotiate then? NT  shira   Dec-05-11 02:49 PM   #16 
        - Because Israel didn't stop the settlement construction, that's why...  Violet_Crumble   Dec-06-11 04:16 AM   #19 
     - That is completely false - Israel has five preconditions  shaayecanaan   Dec-05-11 02:49 PM   #15 
        - oh but your wrong for Israel they are not 'pre-conditions'  azurnoir   Dec-05-11 02:53 PM   #17 
        - not true - bibi only stated one precondition  Mosby   Dec-05-11 03:24 PM   #18 
        - Nothing written here is true  oberliner   Dec-06-11 05:35 AM   #20 
  - Kristol accuses Obama of wanting the Jewish state to disappear  Scurrilous   Dec-04-11 01:28 AM   #10 
     - "neoconservative Emergency Committee for Israel"  bemildred   Dec-04-11 09:35 AM   #11 

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