Netanyahu prepares to give away the store
For those who remember the Why, Why, Wye
agreement, it's happening again. Our Prime Minister is already preparing us for his accepting an agreement that 'no one
' will like.
Netanyahu told the Likud MKs that there will be
elements inside the American declaration of principles that Israel will not
like, and there will be elements that the Palestinians will not
Government officials said that if this particular track toward
extending the negotiations beyond the late April deadline bears fruit, then both
Israel and the Palestinians are expected to say that the positions reflected in
the document are American positions – not necessarily ones they accept – but
that they will continue to negotiate based on the American
Among the issues expected to be difficult for Israel to swallow
is a declaration that the endgame is a Palestinian state based on the 1967
lines, with minor land swaps. And among the bitter pills for the Palestinians is
expected to be a formula recognizing Israel as the nation state of the Jewish
people, and making clear that the Palestinian refugees are to be absorbed in the
future Palestinian state.
Netanyahu told the MKs he was using his
meetings with Kerry to persuade him that Israel must maintain settlement blocs
and areas of national and strategic importance, and that he was succeeding in
persuading Kerry to accept many of Israel’s positions.
“There is an
understanding about Israel’s need to keep settlement blocs and areas of
historical significance like Hebron and Beit El,” sources close to Netanyahu
quoted him as saying following the closed-door meeting.
received an impression from Netanyahu that he had no problem giving up
uninhabited land and was ready to give up settlements that are not in blocs or
nationally or strategically important.
Following questioning by MKs Tzipi
Hotovely and Moshe Feiglin, Netanyahu said he disagreed with them about
annexation in the West Bank.
“I know there are some of you who favor
annexing land together with the Palestinians, but I don’t want to control 1.5-2
million Palestinians and neither do most Israelis,” he said, according to
sources close to him who were in the meeting.
Netanyahu said that neither
a binational state nor a situation where the Palestinians do not have full
rights were acceptable.
He said a solution was needed, and that the
current negotiations were aimed at trying to find that
What could go wrong?
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