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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

OMG! Israel and the 'Palestinians' have reached an agreement

Israel and the 'Palestinians' have finally reached an agreement. The agreement was reached through American intervention. What's it about? Borders? No. 'Refugees'? No. Jerusalem? No. Security? No.

Are you ready for this? Israel and the 'Palestinians' have reached an agreement not to embarrass President Obama between now and the midterm elections.
The Obama administration has secured pledges from senior Mideast leaders to continue their fitful peace negotiations until after next month's U.S. midterm elections, largely to avoid handing the Obama administration an embarrassing diplomatic setback before the Nov. 2 elections.

Israeli and Palestinian officials told McClatchy Tuesday that efforts to reach a compromise would continue until at least Nov. 3, a move they said "served the current American government."

"The time frame we are following has been designed around the elections in America," said a senior member of the Palestinian negotiating team. "We have been asked not to issue announcements that could embarrass negotiation officials." [I can think of at least one senior 'Palestinian' who didn't get the message - more on that later. CiJ]

He and Israeli officials declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue.
Here in Israel, they're also planning for the day after the elections.
An official in Netanyahu's office confirmed that Israel's position is to continue seeking compromises through the U.S. midterm elections. He added, however, that Netanyahu's administration is "eagerly awaiting" the results of the election.

"There is a feeling that (President Barack) Obama could increase pressure on us after the election, when he doesn't have to worry about the pro-Israel lobby affecting election outcomes," he said.

An article in a leading Israeli daily newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, however, quoted "aides close to Netanyahu" saying that if Democrats fared poorly in the midterm elections, Netanyahu would be less likely to give into White House demands.

"Netanyahu and Abu Mazen's (Abbas's) target date is November 3, a day after the midterm elections in the United States. Abu Mazen hopes that Obama will impose an arrangement on Israel," Yediot said. "Netanyahu hopes that he will succeed in repelling the American president's initiative by means of friends of Israel in the House of Representatives, which is expected to have a Republican majority that is opposed to Obama."
Someone needs to tell that to the so-called leaders of the American Jewish community.


At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is too pathetic to laugh about.

At 1:46 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - you had me scared to death there for a moment! In short, both Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to continue with the charade of talks neither of them really wants for two more weeks to keep Obama from losing face. After that, its a new world.

Oh yes, indeed, there will be one.



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