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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Here come the concessions

Please tell me that Israel is not going to make a series of dangerous unilateral concessions to try to convince the 'Palestinians' to come back to the conference table. Yes, I hear those rumblings in the background....
High-ranking members of the Israeli defense establishment have recommended that Israel offer the Palestinian Authority a series of goodwill and economic gestures in an effort to convince President Mahmoud Abbas to back down from plans to unilaterally declare statehood at the United Nations next month.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak is a proponent of the plan, which is said to be opposed by Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz.

IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.- Gen. Benny Gantz and head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Yoram Cohen are said to be in favor of the plan.

“This would be a way to get the Palestinians to understand that they have a lot to gain by working together with us, as opposed to making unilateral moves,” one defense official said.

Under consideration is the removal of roadblocks, the possible release of Fatah prisoners from Israeli prisons, an increase in the number of Palestinian workers allowed daily into Israel, and special permits to allow Israelis to enter Palestinian cities in Area A – territory that is off limits to Israelis under the Oslo Accords.

Defense officials said that the idea behind the goodwill and economic gestures was to demonstrate for the Palestinians what they could potentially lose if they go ahead with plans to unilaterally declare statehood at the UN General Assembly on September 20, as they announced they would over the weekend.
What the Defense establishment fears is that Abu Bluff will dissolve the 'Palestinian Authority' and Israel will be stuck on charge. I'd rather that than releasing roadblocks and allowing the free flow of terrorists.

And why would any Israeli want to go into Area A? To be murdered?


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At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barak, the Palestinians just aren't that into you. It's you, not what you're doing or not doing. They don't want the date.

At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

am i the only one who gets the irony of the arabs crying about not being allowed free access to much of israel...while they were the ones who demanded area a at oslo?

and everyday i pray hard that israel reforms its political and economic system

it is insane to have an executive branch that doesnt speak with one voice and where the pm cant fire someone like barak


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