by Ted Belman
Mitchell, Netanyahu fail to agree on settlement halt. But don’t stand up and cheer just yet. Mitchell is still hanging around.
Netanyahu told his party
“In any case, I will not agree to enter into talks whose results are defined and known in advance. That’s what negotiations are for and we are willing to begin right away.”
In discussing the talks with the
Netanyahu said that the agreement includes the continued construction of 2,500 housing units on which work has already begun, and 450 new housing units in the large settlement blocs. Netanyahu also said that public structures will be allowed, including schools, synagogues and more.
The truth of the matter is that negotiations will not end in any agreement or even a partial agreement. Surely the Israeli government knows this. Surely the
Another thing that bothers me about this is the fact that we are being asked to commit to the
The only thing that the freeze is intended to do is get the negotiations started. But why is
It is clear that the Arabs don’t want negotiations. Which is another way of saying they don’t want a state, at least one that requires compromises to achieve or more importantly, one that prevents them from pursuing their dream of destroying
Abbas, as you know, keeps demanding a complete freeze before negotiations can commence. Fatah to Haaretz: No settlement freeze, no talks
Palestinian negotiator Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary-general of the Fatah Executive Committee, told Haaretz that the Palestinian demand for a complete building freeze in settlements remains.
Without such a freeze, he said, there is no possibility for a political process. “Why should we start a process we know won’t be of any use?,” he asked.
However, Abed Rabbo also noted the PA has yet to hear a detailed American proposal, and that Abbas was undecided about meeting Netanyahu.
“The decision will be made after Abu Mazen meets with Mitchell and hears what he has to say,” Abed Rabbo said.
He told reporters that if a meeting does take place, its primary objective will be determining Netanyahu’s stands on political issues.
[..] However, since the American administration clearly signaled its interest in a trilateral summit, Abbas risks being presented as a refusing a peace offer, while allowing Israel to claim it has no partner for a peace process.
For all these reasons, Abbas and the Palestinian leadership are keenly expecting an American offer that would allow them to present a Palestinian achievement to counterbalance
In the present situation, the economy in Judea and
We must conclude that the
According to Mort Zukerman, Obama is Fumbling a Chance for Middle East Peace
Alas, the American pressure campaign following Obama’s ascent has had one clear outcome, and not one we had hoped for: It has made a peace deal much less likely. Obama has not exerted pressure equally. He ignores what
Furthermore Bret Stephens argues Obama Is Pushing Israel Toward War . Because Obama is demonstrating a lack of will,
I expect that a tripartate meeting will not take place until after the holidays.
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