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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Tzipi Livni
Israel will not free an expected fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners because of the Palestinians' push for recognition at the United Nations, Israel's chief negotiator said Thursday.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Monday pushed for the resumption of the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, saying the status quo is not sustainable and time is running out.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday added his first coalition partner as he works to build a new government, agreeing to bring in a dovish rival to oversee contacts with the Palestinians in what could signal a new approach to peacemaking by the hard-line leader.
Syrian warplanes bombed an olive press factory in the country's north on Tuesday, killing and wounding dozens of people, including farmers who were waiting to convert their olives to oil, activists said.
Israel's opposition leader and a former prime minister criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday for not agreeing to a U.S.-proposed two-month extension of a West Bank settlement freeze, whose expiration has threatened to sink renewed Mideast peace talks.
"Israel's relationship with the U.S. is critical to its security," said Tzipi Livni, head of the centrist Kadima Party. "Anyone who, for political reasons, hopes to weaken the U.S. president does not understand what consequences that may have for Israel."
"It has nothing to do with right-wing or left-wing but on decision making in a democracy, where there is only one referendum and that's a general election," she said.