8/1/11, "Israel 'ready to negotiate borders with Palestinians'," UK Telegraph
"Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has bowed to US pressure by agreeing for the first time that a Palestinian state should roughly follow the contours of the 1967 ceasefire lines separating the West Bank from Israel."
"The offer, which emerged tonight appeared to represent a major climb-down by Mr Netanyahu, who has consistently refused to discuss specific borders of a future state.
A government official in Jerusalem told The Daily Telegraph the offer was dependent on the Palestinians dropping their campaign for statehood at the United Nations next month
- and accepting Israel as a Jewish state.
Mr Netanyahu reacted angrily when the 1967 proposal was made by Barack Obama in May but was now said to be offering to trade Israeli territory on its side of the line for West Bank land where its main settlements were located.
“We are willing in a framework of restarting the peace talks to accept a proposal that would contain elements that would be difficult for Israel and we would find very difficult to endorse,” said an official, answering a question about the Obama proposal."...
"(Former Obama Car Czar) Steve Rattner pleaded the Fifth Amendment to many of the questions S.E.C. lawyers asked him in a 2009 deposition regarding his involvement in their investigation of a suspected pay-to-play scheme involving New York’s $140 billion Common Retirement Fund."...8/4/10
"On Tuesday night, Steven L. Rattner was surrounded by an assemblage of stars from the financial and media worlds at the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan. Chief executives and powerful politicians had gathered to celebrate his new book on the restructuring of the American auto industry.
Few if any of the guests sipping sauvignon blanc and snacking on crab cakes could have guessed that Mr. Rattner was near a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over illegal kickbacks to New York State pension fund officials.
In many ways, the high-wattage at the party traced the career arc of Mr. Rattner, 58, who has been a financial reporter,
- an esteemed media investment banker,
- a highflying private equity executive and
- a member of the Obama administration."...