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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Netanyahu: We could start talks on Sunday but the 'Palestinians' aren't interested

Prime Minister Netanyahu is doing his best to call 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen's bluff. Netanyahu says that he is willing to meet with Abu Bluff on Sunday, but that the 'Palestinians' are hoping that an Arab League meeting over the weekend will give them cover for not negotiating with Israel.
In the course of the briefing, Netanyahu told Mks that the Palestinians do not actually want to hold direct talks and that they hope that the Arab League will block such talks.

Netanyahu accused the PA of creating various obstacles heretofore in initiating talks – first, he said, they cited the building freeze and later cited the issue of borders.

“If there was any doubt before that they were trying to avoid direct talks, now it is patently clear,” complained Netanyahu. “From our perspective, however, we are ready to go to direct talks as early as next week.”

Obama, Netanyahu said, “knows that Israel is ready for and trying to arrive at negotiations.”

“There is no doubt that direct talks are desirable for Israel. It is only through direct talks that we can raise the important topics and demands regarding our critical security interests.”
I'd bet on the Arab League not agreeing to direct talks. We already heard from Arab League chief Amr Moussa last week that he wanted written guarantees before any direct talks and that those are not going to happen.

It appears that we're taking a 'break' from the 'peace talks' until after the US elections. And the 'freeze' won't be extended because Obama cannot afford to spend political capital on it. Good.


At 3:02 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The real reason the freeze won't now be extended is its obvious failure to coax the Palestinians into moderating their position vis a vis Israel. It makes no sense to ask the revanants to put their lives on hold for something that will never happen. The Palestinians have made their choice. Now Israel has to make its decision to live and build regardless of what they want. And the sooner it does so, the better off every one is going to be.


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