Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been on the phone with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an effort to mend his government’s ties with the United States which were ripped apart with the announcement of constructing 1,600 housing units in East Jerusalem. Bennie emphasized to Hillary that he really was serious about negotiating with Palestinians despite evidence he has done everything in his power to make it difficult for a Palestinian government to sit down at a peace table with him. There are indications he will release Palestinian prisoners, and remove dozens of road blocks which hamper transportation for West Bank inhabitants who are not Jewish. The prime minister will most probably announce transfer of more areas in the West Bank to Palestinian control.
However, the key issue of building houses in East Jerusalem remains the point of contention. Secretary of State Clinton is firm that such construction must cease if there is to be any possibility of peace. Netanyahu placed right wing religious fanatics in his Cabinet and needs their votes in the Knesset. Perhaps, a compromise would be only allowing housing construction in Jewish areas of Jerusalem.
Benjie, to compromise, means to give in partially on what you believe!