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Monday, July 19, 2010

And another 'Palestinian' precondition

Here's yet another precondition to direct talks between Israel and the 'Palestinians,' this one from Arab League chief Amr Moussa.
After his meeting with US mediator George Mitchell on Sunday, Arab League chief Amr Moussa affirmed that Palestinians cannot enter direct talks with Israel without written guarantees.

Mousa told reporters that “moving from proximity talks into direct ones without any confirmation or guarantee on Israel’s seriousness means that we have entered into crisis management and not solving the crisis.”
Lest any of you think otherwise, when he says 'written guarantees,' he means written guarantees of the outcome.

Well I'm going to give you a written guarantee and you can take it to the bank: Without direct talks, there isn't going to be a 'Palestinian state.' So there.

What could go wrong?


At 3:13 PM, Blogger Hatfield said...

Do you (or anyone) really think there will be a Palestinian state in our lifetimes? I can't imagine it, frankly. Too many non-negotiables. Jerusalem, "refugees" and their descendants returning; Gaza; military control; vulnerability of Ben Gunrion Airport; Palestinian provocations; on and on. When this silly phase ends, no doubt they will resume attacks (did they ever stop?).

And what about the next war with Hezbollah? Will Gaza join in? Will the Palestinians cheer Hez?

There is, I think, not one point of agreement (except perhaps that Obama greatly prefers Muslim to Jews).

At 7:08 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Arabs want Israel to give an undertaking as to the outcome of peace talks in advance. Well if that is what Amr Moussa wants, good luck with that because it means such talks will never happen. There are no guarantees in life. What would Carl say if I asked him for a guarantee? So you can imagine its a ridiculous idea but it doesn't stop the Arabs from daily inventing ever more creative excuses to avoid sitting down at the table with Israel.


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