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  • Did Netanyahu refuse a moratorium to hurt Obama in midterms?

    Aluf Benn, Haaretz's diplomatic correspondent, had this weekend an analysis piece on the possibility the Palestinian Authority will ask a UN recognition of a unilateral declaration of independence. Benn urged the Israeli government not to automatically object such a move. Israel, he writes, would be better off taking part in shaping a Security Council resolution than in just opposing one. As Ami Kaufman notes, given Israel's mistrust towards international institutions, it's a very surprising idea. Equally interesting is a paragraph in Benn's piece on Benjamin Netanyahu's recent diplomatic moves (my bold): Netanyahu rejected Obama's request for a two-month extension of…

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