As always, it's Israel's fault
This is incredible. With 'moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
not having compromised on anything, the Washington Post lists 'Israeli intransigence
' as what makes John Kerry's mission here 'urgent.'
Among the things that Kerry believes make this time different is the
urgency of the situation. The area is engulfed in crises that threaten
to spill over borders; international weariness of what is seen as
Israel’s intransigence has grown, manifested in a disinvestment movement
and dwindling sympathy in Europe; and the Palestinians have been unable
to put their political and economic house in order. This has led Kerry
to warn repeatedly that the “window is closing” for meaningful talks.
Leo Rennert comments
So, according to DeYoung, it's Israeli "intransigence" that's holding
up a peace deal. But her evidence is hardly convincing. The
anti-Israel boycott drive has been a big flop.
Israeli trade is up
with regional and global countries, including Turkey. As for "dwindling
sympathy" for Israel in Europe, that's hardly a new factor. If Israel
had to depend on European "sympathy" for its existence and security, it
would have folded a long time ago.
more telling is the fact that, far from indulging in "intransigence,"
Israel is on the same page as Kerry and the White House in calling for
prompt renewal of negotiations without pre-conditions.
real fly in the ointment, the real "intransigence," belongs on the
Palestinian side, where President Mahmoud Abbas finds himself
increasingly isolated from the U.S. in demanding a host of major Israeli
concessions -- release of Palestinian prisoners, a construction freeze
in eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank -- before talks even get under
however, is oblivious to Abbas's "intransigence," reporting only that
the "Palestinians have been unable to put their political and economic
house in order." Failure to put the Palestinian house in order doesn't
begin to tell the tale.
Labels: Abu Mazen, Binyamin Netanyahu, John Kerry, Palestinian intransigence