Powered by WebAds

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Who's acting like the spoiled child?

While the New York Times' Tom Friedman leads his op-ed with a reference to Israel as "America's spoiled child" (more on that later), former 'Palestinian' Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei Abu Allah threatens to resort to violence if the 'Palestinians' don't get what they want.
Ahmed Qurei, a senior PLO official and former Palestinian Authority prime minister, has said he does not rule out the possibility that the Palestinians will launch an “armed resistance” against Israel if the peace talks fail.

Qurei, who was one of the architects of the Oslo Accords, was speaking at a seminar that was held in Cairo earlier this week.


Qurei, 73, who is better known by his nom de guerre Abu Ala, said that the peace talks, diplomatic efforts and “all forms of resistance” should be among the Palestinian negotiators’ options.

“All options are open to us,” he declared. “Negotiations, popular activities, sit-in strikes, civil disobedience or armed resistance.

We shouldn’t drop any of these options, but what is more important now is to achieve Palestinian unity.”

Qurei, who participated in previous rounds of negotiations between Israel and the PA, said that the Palestinians also did not rule out unilaterally declaring the establishment of a Palestinian state and seeking the UN Security Council’s recognition of that state.

He added that the Palestinians’ top priority now was to end the power struggle between Fatah and Hamas so that there would be a consensus about the options they needed to consider, when and if the peace process failed.

Qurei, who is also a senior representative of Fatah, said that the Palestinians would not return to the negotiating table with Israel unless construction in the settlements was halted completely.

He also warned Palestinians and Arabs against pinning high hopes on President Barack Obama.

“We should stop sinking into rosy dreams while the road is full of thorns,” Qurei said. “The US is a country of institutions and the decision-making process is not only in the hands of the president.”
Israel's response was regrettable.
An Israeli official said Qurei’s threat was “regrettable.”

“It is indeed regrettable that there are still senior Palestinian leaders in the Palestinian Authority who talk about using the path of violence,” the official told The Jerusalem Post. “It is clear that the path of violence is a dead end and only through direct negotiation can peace be achieved.”
The threat may have been 'regrettable,' but 17 years after Oslo nothing has changed. What Israel should be saying is that if the 'Palestinians' use the 'path of violence,' there will be no more 'negotiations' and Israel will deal with Judea and Samaria as it sees fit.

Who is Friedman calling a 'spoiled child'?


At 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Obamii contributed to this impasse by their fixation on Jewish apartments--and there are reports that Obamii insiders, who seem to think this is all like lets-make-a-deal Chicago ward politics, are steamed that Bibi didn't, I dunno, dissolve his government and push for a freeze. While it would be interesting to see how quickly the iDF can advance to the Jordan River from a standing start, a more peaceful alternative is for U.S. citizens who can to get out and vote this coming Nov 2 for sanity.


Post a Comment

<< Home