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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Peres: We'll talk with Palestinians on pull-out

Today's London Sunday Telegraph is reporting that Slimy Shimon Peres says that talks with the 'Palestinians' are going to begin within ten days after the elections. With whom does Slimy Shimon plan to talk? Hamas? Only his hairdresser knows for sure....

Israel will negotiate a planned withdrawal of settlers from the West Bank with the Palestinians after the general election in 10 days time, Shimon Peres, the country's two-time former leader has told the Sunday Telegraph.

"I can't set a date for the next pull-out," Mr Peres said, describing the plans of Israel's next government - of which he seems certain to be a key member - "but we shall try first of all to negotiate directly with the Palestinians."

Mr Peres said he hoped that the pull-out of Israeli settlers would prove "easy" adding: "We have the precedent of last summer," when 8,000 Jewish settlers were forcibly evacuated from the Gaza Strip in a controversial but ultimately rapid police operation.

Mr Peres's comments come a week after his party leader, Israel's acting prime minister, Ehud Olmert, advocated the withdrawal of thousands of settlers in outlying parts of the West Bank before setting Israel's final borders by 2010. Under the plan, Israel will control large blocks in the West Bank where most of the country's 250,000 settlers live.

Mr Peres, dressed casually during a Friday stroll in Tel Aviv, insisted that talks were the only solution to the conflict with the Palestinians.

He knows "negotiations are impossible" with the radical Islamic group Hamas, which came to power in January's Palestinian elections and announced its cabinet yesterday.

While Hamas vows to destroy Israel, however, he is still in contact with the [not-so- CiJ] moderate [and powerless CiJ] Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. Last week, the two held [not-so- CiJ] secret talks in the Jordanian capital Amman. While Israel's foreign minister has dismissed Mr Abbas as "irrelevant" since Hamas's victory, Mr Peres is convinced he remains a partner for peace. "I think he [Abbas] is very relevant," he said. "He's trying to do his best under the circumstances. He knows he has a complicated situation but he has a role to fill." [As usual, the fact that Peres is not the Foreign Minister and may never be the Foreign Minister does not stop him from 'negotiating' CiJ]

He dismissed suggestions that Mr Abbas might quit after Israel's raid on a Palestinian prison last week that left him embarrassed and politically isolated. "He's going to stick it out," he said.

It's not clear to me what exactly Peres plans to 'negotiate' since there is nothing Abbas Abu Mazen can or will deliver.


At 5:15 PM, Blogger M. Simon said...

It is not a matter of getting something from the Palis.

All that is happening is that final borders are being decided unilaterally and soveriegnity is being forced on the Palis.

Negotiations are over. The deal is done. From here on out the Palis will be treated as adults (god willing) - responsible for their own security and their own actions.

At 5:22 PM, Blogger M. Simon said...

When Israel "controlled" Gaza every military exchange was reported intently on the news.

Now that the Palis "own" it the tit for tat shelling is unreported. And especially you don't hear "Israeli guns shelled Gaza again today....."


I'd say Pali "Sovereignty".


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