Clinton tries to restart stalled Mideast talks

By Daily Maverick Legacy 2 November 2009

Hillary Clinton praised Israel for “unprecedented” concessions on West Bank settlement construction – a view at odds with the Palestinian Territorial Authority, who already said it will not return to talks unless Israel stops building settlements. Clinton spoke at press conference with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu saying: “What the prime minister has offered in specifics on restraints on a policy of settlements ... is unprecedented.” Settlements remain a crucial stumbling block in restarting negotiations but in Clinton’s comments, she indicated this issue was no reason to hold up talks. Clinton agreed with Netanyahu the Palestinians had not previously insisted upon a settlement freeze as a condition for negotiations. Moreover, her comments now represented a change from her previous statements calling for a total settlement freeze. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh responded, “There can be no excuse for the continuation of settlements, which is really the main obstacle in the way of any credible peace process.” Clinton travels to Morocco this week for discussions with Arab leaders. Read more at: Huffington Post, AP

Gallery

Watch Pauli van Wyk’s Cat Play The Piano Here!

No, not really. But now that we have your attention, we wanted to tell you a little bit about what happened at SARS.

Tom Moyane and his cronies bequeathed South Africa with a R48-billion tax shortfall, as of February 2018. It's the only thing that grew under Moyane's tenure... the year before, the hole had been R30.7-billion. And to fund those shortfalls, you know who has to cough up? You - the South African taxpayer.

It was the sterling work of a team of investigative journalists, Scorpio’s Pauli van Wyk and Marianne Thamm along with our great friends at amaBhungane, that caused the SARS capturers to be finally flushed out of the system. Moyane, Makwakwa… the lot of them... gone.

But our job is not yet done. We need more readers to become Maverick Insiders, the friends who will help ensure that many more investigations will come. Contributions go directly towards growing our editorial team and ensuring that Daily Maverick and Scorpio have a sustainable future. We can’t rely on advertising and don't want to restrict access to only those who can afford a paywall subscription. Membership is about more than just contributing financially – it is about how we Defend Truth, together.

So, if you feel so inclined, and would like a way to support the cause, please join our community of Maverick Insiders.... you could view it as the opposite of a sin tax. And if you are already Maverick Insider, tell your mother, call a friend, whisper to your loved one, shout at your boss, write to a stranger, announce it on your social network. The battle for the future of South Africa is on, and you can be part of it.


Comments

Please note you must be a Maverick Insider to comment. Sign up here or if you are already an Insider.

Days of Zondo

Fikile ‘Fearfokkol’ Mbalula tripped up by semantics of his Gupta-fix tale

By Jessica Bezuidenhout

"What's the sense in having an eclipse if you can't look at it? Somebody in production sure slipped up this time!" ~ Charles M. Schulz