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Thursday, December 09, 2010

'Negotiations,' 'Palestinian' style

It goes without saying that the 'Palestinians' are blaming Israel for the collapse of the non-existent 'peace talks.' It seems to me that if talks between Israel and the 'Palestinians' are ever to lead to an agreement, attitudes like this are going to have to change.
Yasser Abed Rabbo, a top PLO official closely associated with Abbas, said that the US decision [to stop trying to convince/force Israel to agree to a 'settlement freeze' CiJ] harmed Washington’s credibility as an honest broker.

If they can’t convince Israel or force it to stop settlement construction for a specified period of time, how will they make Israel accept a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders?” Abed Rabbo asked in an interview with the PA’s Voice of Palestine radio station.

“Instead of announcing that Israel is responsible for the failure of the negotiations, the US Administration is giving the Israelis an opportunity to waste more time. The US policy has failed because of the blow it has received from Israel.”
The 'Palestinians' still don't understand that peace - real peace - is made between combatants or imposed by the victor over the vanquished. It is not and cannot be forced upon unwilling parties by outside forces. It's not that the United States has to force Israel to stop 'settlement construction' or to 'accept a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders.' Israel - and only Israel - can decide to do those things if it believes that taking those actions is in our best interest. Obviously, we have decided that those things are not in our best interest right now and that they may never be - at least in the form presented by Abed Rabbo. There are two ways to change that decision: persuade Israel that it's in our best interest by showing us the advantages of peace with the 'Palestinians' on that basis, or go to war and totally defeat us. Neither of those scenarios seems likely (thank God with respect to the second one) in the foreseeable future.

The 'Palestinians' have only their own leadership to blame.

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At 8:34 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Palestinians want to leave the option open to attain their dream: to see Israel disappear. As I said, as long as they are committed to it, the prospects of them making peace with Israel are non-existent. They are the ones who have to change and as long as they are unreconciled to accepting Israel as the Jewish State, forget about ANY agreement for a long time.

At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Palestinians can't help themselves from exploiting "negotiations" as a pretext to game every observer and second cousin within hailing distance of the negotiating table; running scams, rounds of three-card monty, and interminable Pali-raps on everyone except their supposed negotiating partners. Israel might as well send a parrot or a bobble-puppet.


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