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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Knesset finding its junk

The Knesset is finding its junk (as in "don't touch my junk"). Two bills are being prepared in the Knesset in response to the possibility of a unilateral declaration of 'statehood' by the 'Palestinians.' One would annex all or major parts of Judea and Samaria. The other would annul the Oslo Accords.
Landau and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein will be featured speakers at a rally in favor of annexing Judea and Samaria at the Knesset next month. Top right-wing academics and former foreign minister Moshe Arens are also expected to speak at the event, which is being organized by Likud MK Danny Danon.

“A Palestinian declaration of statehood would officially bury the Oslo Accords, which state that final borders will be decided via negotiations and that unilateral actions constitute violation of the accords,” Danon said. “The Palestinians declaring a state would free us of all the diplomatic, security, and economic commitments we made in the Oslo Accords.”

Danon favors responding to a Palestinian declaration of statehood by annexing all of Area C, which includes all the West Bank’s Jewish settlements and empty land. He said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should follow the example of his predecessors Levi Eshkol, who annexed eastern Jerusalem, and Menachem Begin, who annexed the Golan Heights.

A source close to the prime minister said that Netanyahu has kept his cards close to his chest as to how he would respond to Palestinian unilateral action, but that he has said in the past that Israel has its own unilateral options.

Danon said he hoped the threat of annexation could help Netanyahu persuade European leaders to stop the United Nations from voting on Palestinian statehood at the UN General Assembly in September.

Danon is working on two bills: One in favor of annexing the West Bank and another that would repeal the Oslo Accords.

He said he believed that if annexation would be brought to a vote in the Likud it would pass.

Habayit Hayehudi leader Daniel Herschkowitz said he backed the initiative. An Israel Beiteinu spokesman said that beyond Landau, his faction is undecided, but it is possible that it would back the initiative as well.
The key here is that if you really want to convince the Europeans to vote against the 'Palestinians,' you have to get Kadima to say that it will vote to annex Judea and Samaria and annul the Oslo Accords.

I doubt Kadima leader Tzipi Livni would agree to that. In a best case scenario, she might free her MK's from party discipline.

What could go wrong?

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At 3:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are pathetic half-hearted last minute attempts to hold back the dam before the flood.

At 4:26 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Netanyahu should back it and it would give him leverage.

Since the Palestinians are not interested in peace with Israel, Israel owes them nothing.

And exercising Israeli sovereignty over Yesha would pre-empt the threat of a future Hamas takeover there.

In the end, its not really about means. Its about the courage - the courage to protect the Jewish State and the future of the Jewish people in their own land.

We wish Danny Dannon all the best with his initiative. Its long overdue.

At 5:05 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Well, Oslo and the euro "road map" may be worth leaving to languish. I say that because Step 1 in those documents is for the Palestinians to stop killing, specifically, Israeli civilians, and, maybe more generally, anybody (including their own families) who doesn't give them their own way. Once you get rid of Oslo or the road map, what do you have that is signed by the whole cast of creeps that demands the Palestinians stop their machete violence (or anything at all, for that matter)? Israel will be able to be stepped on to do all kinds of things, regardless of what you are absorbing from the Palestinians, if you don't have some legal framework that requires the Palis stop violence before Israel has to do a blessed thing.

At 7:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, it's tine to stop thinking of these things as threats and consider them as steps to be taken preemptively. The Palestinian tactics are to use negotiations towards a "final settlement" as a pretext to box Israel in and weaken the nation strategically. Better to stop that train, declare control over what is already under effective Israeli control, and show willingness to continue local arrangements with Fatahland and Hamisatan or a Hamafatahstan on conditions of peace for peace. If the nations are going to rachet up pressure BSDwise, playing endless rope-a-dope will only delay the inevitable. Let them walk up the brink of that and consider that Israel's army appears now to be multiples of strength of NATO.


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