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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Abu Mazen refuses to meet Netanyahu

As I predicted on Wednesday morning, Abu Mazen is refusing to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu unless and until Israel agrees to a full 'settlement freeze.'
Israelis and Palestinians said Wednesday that their envoys would meet with U.S. officials but not with each other, cementing the impression that a U.S.-sponsored meeting between their leaders had fallen flat.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said there would be no follow-up session with the Israelis because the two sides hadn't bridged the divides that have prevented them from resuming talks.

"It's not happening because we agreed to continue dealing with the Americans until we reach the agreement that will enable us to relaunch the negotiations," Erekat said.


Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said Israel would dispatch envoys to meet with U.S. officials in Washington, but there were no plans now to meet again with the Palestinians.
Jennifer Rubin points out that President Obama is to blame for this situation.
By elevating the issue of settlements, Obama only played into the Palestinians’ natural inclination toward rejectionism and obstructionism. But let’s be candid: the Palestinians are in no position to make a deal—or discuss a deal. What promise could they give about terrorism? What offer of recognition would they be empowered to make? All that has happened is that the naive and self-described “impatient” U.S. president has given the Palestinians a ready-made excuse not to show up.
So does this mean that Obama will quietly drop the effort to force the parties into a negotiation neither of them want right now? Not if Wednesday's UN General Assembly speech is any indication.


At 6:10 AM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

Great, dont talk.. keep being an ass and Israel will keep building..

At 6:38 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Obumbler can press the Israelis and Palestinians all he wants but if neither side wants to sit down at the table, he can't want an agreement more than they do.

And in view of the circumstances, that's not likely to happen any time soon.All the more reason Israel should stop negotiating with the US over details to produce talks that will never take place.

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Ashan said...

Why should Abu Mazen meet Netanyahu? Dear Leader Hussein is doing all the work for him.

Anyway, have the Palithugs done anything that was incumbent upon them to advance "peace"? Absolutely not. Abu Mazen prides himself - just as Arafat (*spit*) did - on never having compromised his "principles" to make peace with the loathsome Jooooos. He even bragged about taking the first shot.

Israel needs to leave these genocidal thugs in the dirt - and always, always say "No" very loud and clear to Hussein and his anti-Israel cohorts.


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