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Monday, February 24, 2014

Filling their sacks....

While I was in the US, there was a story, which I did not get to blog, that had Prime Minister Netanyahu secretly negotiating with 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen 's rival Mohammed Dahlan.

If that story was true, I don't know why Prime Minister Netanyahu might have thought Dahlan to be any more pliable than Abu Mazen. In fact, Dahlan complains that the 'Palestinians' are negotiating from a weak position, and that Abu Mazen is negotiating for his personal gain (well, the last part of that statement is almost certainly correct).
Speaking in an interview with Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida, Dahlan, a long-time rival of Abbas and the former security commander in the Gaza Strip, said that he was not against the principle of negotiations, however the talks in their current form constitute "a crime against the people fighting for freedom."
Dahlan said that Abbas had put together a negotiating team that was ensuring him and a narrow circle around him Israeli and American support without any regard for the plight of the Palestinian people.
He accused the Palestinian negotiators of "filling their sacks."
Dahlan said that the Palestinians were "in a weak negotiating position" because of Abbas and subject to "the cheap blackmail of the US administration."
Dahlan knows all about weak positions, doesn't he? On the other hand, he also knows how to take advantage of American largesse as well as the next 'Palestinian' leader.

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