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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Meretz to vote against convergence consolidation realignment surrender and expulsion of Jews

The MK who used to be known as Shimon Peres' poodle - Yossi Beilin - announced tonight that he and his LLL Meretz party will vote against Ehud Olmert's convergence consolidation realignment surrender and expulsion plan. No, Beilin hasn't had an epiphany as a result of the week's events. Instead, he is bothered that the plan doesn't expel Jews far enough away. In a closed meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Beilin told Olmert that Beilin the reason Meretz would oppose 'realignment' after supporting the Gaza Strip disengagement was that while most Gaza evacuees moved to the Negev, 'realignment' calls for West Bank settlers to be moved to the other side of the security fence, still inside the West Bank. Beilin will apparently only support a plan that makes Judea and Samaria Judenrein.

Beilin told Olmert:
"If your plan involves unilaterally moving settlers from one side of the fence to the other, we won't vote for it and neither would the Arab parties. There will be at most 55 MKs (from Kadima, Labor and the Pensioners Party) in favor and at least 65 against, so it has no chance of passing."For those of you who might be wondering where Shas, which is part of the coalition, fits into this, Shas' coalition deal specifically says that they do not have to vote with the government on this issue.

For those of you who are not familiar with Peres-Beilin think, here it is in action. The JPost reports:

Asked how Abbas could be a partner when he has been ineffective in stopping terror and bringing home Corporal Gilad Shalit, Beilin said that Israel should sign a deal with him regardless. He said such an agreement would be recognized by the world as the will of the Palestinian people and he believed it would guarantee international recognition of Israel's new borders and Jerusalem as its capital.

"I hope Abu Mazen will play an important role in bringing the soldier home, but even if he does not, he will still be chairman of the Palestinian Authority," Beilin said. "What he loses [by not succeeding] is respect as a world leader who can get things done, and it will strengthen the notion that he is weak. But my philosophy is that he may not be a partner for implementing an agreement but he is a partner for signing it, and the prime minister should realize the importance of a signed document with a Palestinian leader."

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