Did Obama put a deadline on Israel settlement freeze?

Sunday, July 12, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

A leading Lebanese newspaper on Saturday reported that US President Barack Obama had put a deadline on Israel completely freezing the construction of Jewish homes in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.

The newspaper, An-Nahar, was citing visiting French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who reportedly told Lebanese officials that if Israel fails to meet Obama's deadline, Washington will end its official support of and involvement in the Middle East peace process.

Kouchner lashed out at Israel for "stubbornly" causing all the delays in the land-for-peace process with the Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told The Jerusalem Post overnight that Jerusalem knew of no such American deadline.

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