Nobody buys the Times spin on Israel’s Damascus conversion

The New York Times tries to convince its readers that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has changed his views and now believes in a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

Seriously, are these articles written by the Israeli Foreign Ministry?

One curious mention, however, is this:

The [settlement] freeze was less than what was demanded by the Americans and the Palestinians. It permits nearly 3,000 units to be completed, includes some 28 public buildings and leaves East Jerusalem out. Still, senior American officials say it will greatly reduce the construction as the months roll on — as many as 15,000 units by some estimates, including one by [Israeli President] Mr. Peres. In addition, the American officials say, if the Palestinians return to negotiations, the freeze is likely to be extended.

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