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Friday, July 02, 2010

Netanyahu calls for direct negotiations with the 'Palestinians'

Prime Minister Netanyahu used a speech at the US embassy's July 4 celebration in Tel Aviv to call yet again for direct negotiations between himself and 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen.
After mentioning an upcoming meeting with US President Barack Obama next week and the pending round of sanctions against Iran, Netanyahu spoke about his willingness to pursue peace with the Palestinians.

"The only way to complete peace negotiations are to begin them. And the only way to begin them are to have the two parties sit across from one another and directly negotiate these complex issues together.

"Let's not wait 15 months before we sit down together. This is a great hope, and a great challenge."

In closing, Netanyahu wished a "Hag Sameach" on behalf of citizens of Israel to the American people for the fourth of July.
I would hope (and believe) that Netanyahu realizes that direct negotiations with the 'Palestinians' will not go any further than the 'proximity talks' have gone. After all, Abu Mazen cannot accept any less than what both he (in 2008) and Yasser Arafat (in 2000 and 2001) turned down, and Netanyahu cannot offer anywhere near that much because there is no support for it in Israel. But by repeating the call for direct talks, Netanyahu is pushing the ball into Abu Mazen's court. Therefore, the call for direct talks should be repeated over and over again and at every opportunity.


At 4:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since the world wants Israel to give land back to the palis since they were there first: why doesn't Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iraq surrender to Iran since the Persians/Summerians owned the land originally? Or France surrender to Rome since it was part of the Roman empire? Or Iran to Mongolia since it was part of Khan's?

This has past stupid and has gone to suicidally insane.

At 6:48 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Palestinians will not agree to negotiate directly with Israel and they lack a responsible, democratically elected leadership capable of making an agreement stick. All of the reasons that I outlined in my previous post to the "proximity talks" apply as much to direct talks today. They are not going to happen any time soon.


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