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Relevant 'occupation' statement:
The purpose of these talks is clear. These will be direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. These negotiations are intended to resolve all final status issues. The goal is a settlement, negotiated between the parties, that ends the occupation which began in 1967 and results in the emergence of an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security with a Jewish state of Israel and its other neighbors. That’s the vision we are pursuing.
Coverage at 'Israel National News' (settler's news source):Obama: Direct Talks Will 'End the Occupation'
U.S. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday afternoon he is optimistic his team would succeed in jumpstarting direct talks aimed at ending Israel’s “occupation” and leading to formation of a new Palestinian Authority country.
The talks, scheduled to begin Thursday, have already spawned two terrorist attacks this week alone. Two days ago, a Hamas terrorist cell ambushed and murdered two Jewish men and two Jewish women near Kiryat Arba, one of whom was nine months pregnant. Last night (Wednesday) another Jewish couple was wounded in a separate attack on the same road, near the Rimonim junction north of Jerusalem. Hamas also claimed responsibility for the second attack as well, along with a renegade Fatah faction, the Al-Namir group that said it was part of the Fatah-linked Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades terrorist group.
Speaking to reporters prior to a working dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, PA Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair, Obama acknowledged the task would not be easy.
“After all, there’s a reason that the two-state solution has eluded previous generations,” he said.