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Monday, November 20, 2006

Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee members call for Peretz's resignation

Members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee have called for the resignation of Defense Minister Amir Comrade Peretz due to a phone call he made yesterday to 'moderate Palestinian President' Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen, in which he pleaded with Abu Mazen to stop the Kassam fire from Gaza. This article reads like a piece out of The Onion....
Members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee called for the resignation of Defense Minster Amir Peretz in a meeting on Monday, in the wake of Sunday's telephone conversation between Peretz and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, in which the defense minister urged the Palestinian Authority chairman to use his authority and do everything to stop the Kassam attacks.

Meretz Chairman Yossi Beilin said that Peretz was an "expired man who almost never says anything new."

Beilin also called on the government to quit. "On Saturday one of Prime Minster Ehud Olmert's ministers says that we must eliminate the Hamas leadership and that Abu Mazen is no longer relevant, and on Monday another minister says that he spoke to the PA chairman and requested a ceasefire. There is no policy and no methodology."
Beilin is right that there is "no policy and no methodology." But isn't that what Beilin wants? Beilin is the guy who ran the secret Oslo negotiations on Shimon Peres' behalf behind Yitzchak Rabin's back, and he's the same guy who went off with Yasser Abd Rabbo and negotiated his 'Geneva Accord' behind Ariel Sharon's back. So who is Beilin to complain about a government with no policy. But this next one must have Yitzchak Rabin rolling over in his grave:
Earlier Monday, Vice Premier Shimon Peres said that Peretz should not have had any contact with Abbas about ending the Kassam rocket fire without consulting Prime Minster Ehud Olmert first.

In an interview with Israel Radio, Peres added that any initiation of talks with the Palestinians was obliged to go through the prime minister.


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