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Monday, November 15, 2010

Will the 'Palestinians' miss the opportunity to miss an opportunity?

Israel's longtime ambassador to the United Nations, Abba Eban, is known to have quipped that the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. If the Israeli government approves the package that Prime Minister Netanyahu brought home from Washington on Friday, it will (God forbid) be a huge opportunity for the 'Palestinians.' But will they miss it? We've already seen a report of them asking for their own package. Here's a better indication that they really might take the opportunity to miss the opportunity (and make Netanyahu look like a genius for calling their bluff).
The Arab League is waiting to see if the Obama administration will offer it further inducements to entice the Palestinian Authority into direct talks, but it likely will reject direct talks with Israel based on the ”Clinton freeze,” an official said Monday.

“If the news is true about there being a settlement freeze that excludes Jerusalem and that takes the criticism off Israel, I cannot imagine that would be acceptable to the Palestinian side or the Arab side,” Hesham Youssef, an official with the office of the secretary general of the Arab League, told the German press agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

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The Palestinian Authority and the Arab League have said the freeze must include all areas of Jerusalem that it demands as part of a PA state, including the Temple Mount and adjacent Western Wall, all of the Old City, and "neighborhoods in northern and eastern Jerusalem where 300,000 Jews live.

Like the Palestinian Authority, the Arab League has not rejected the proposal, but is rather holding out for additional offers, such as compensation, guarantees on its desired borders and its demand that five million foreign Arabs can move to Israel, on the basis of claims that they or their parents and grandparents lived in the country - known as the "right of return." The demand is part of the Saudi 2002 Initiative and has been regarded by almost every Israeli political leader as being aimed at eliminating Israel as a Jewish state.
What could go wrong?

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3 Comments:

At 11:09 PM, Blogger Ariadne said...

Is Israel expected to swap Jerusalem for a lot of planes?

 
At 10:40 AM, Blogger Eliyahu in Shilo said...

"Here's a better indication that they really might take the opportunity to miss the opportunity (and make Netanyahu look like a genius for calling their bluff)."

I pray to G-d thats what he is doing.

I suspect he'll sale us out, just like Sharon.

 
At 11:08 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Palestinians may well torpedo the ill-advised freeze extension deal.

Jews may be the stupidest creatures on earth but their saving grace is the only people on earth even stupider than them are the Palestinians.

Go figure.

 

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