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Definition of Insanity: Failed Negotiators Trying Yet Again

Like Erekat, Indyk has been a major player in the peace industry since the early 1990s, and he also can point to zero achievements in bringing peace and prosperity to our region.
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat being carried in a rally last winter.

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat being carried in a rally last winter.

Twenty years after Yitzhak Rabin attempted to conjure arch-terrorist Yasir Arafat into a worthy partner for peace, it seems we have not learned the necessary lessons from the past.

As the “peace process” continued to hit bumps along the way, Israel and its American ally attempted many different variations, all of which led to the same failed result. Perhaps the problem with Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations lies not with the process but with the people involved in representing the parties at the table.

In most professions, when one fails at his job and leaves the project in question in chaos and disarray, he is not asked to keep working on the task at hand. Not so when it comes to the “peace process industry.”

Saeb Erekat is the main representative for the Palestinian delegation. He has held this position in one form or another since 1991 and has not brought the Palestinians one inch closer to peaceful coexistence with Israel. More troubling, it is clear he never really revised his radical views about the Jewish state. During the second intifada, Erekat accused Israel of massacring 500 Palestinians in Jenin, completely ignoring the facts showing that one-tenth of that number had been killed and most of those were armed terrorists. As recently as 2007, Erekat denied the possibility of the Palestinians ever recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.

Representing the United States at the latest round of talks is former ambassador Martin Indyk. Like Erekat, Indyk has been a major player in the peace industry since the early 1990s, and he also can point to zero achievements in bringing peace and prosperity to our region. On the contrary, when Indyk served as the American ambassador to Israel during Prime Minister Netanyahu’s first term, he was known for his disparaging attitude toward the democratically elected government of Israel.

Since leaving public office, Indyk has revealed his true political leanings. Until his recent appointment by Secretary of State Joh

n Kerry, Indyk chaired the International Council of the New Israel Fund (NIF), an organization that has refused to stop funding groups that call for boycotting Israel.

Finally, we are left with Israel’s chief negotiator. Compared to Erekat and Indyk, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni is a relative newcomer to peace negotiations. Nevertheless, she too has endured countless hours of negotiating with the Palestinians. Most troubling, her views do not represent the majority of the current government and are at odds with the average Likud voter, not to mention the Israeli public, which sharply spurned her in the recent elections.

While serving under Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Livni offered the Palestinians more than 95 percent of the historic Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria and the unprecedented division of Jerusalem – an offer that was ultimately rejected by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Erekat.

As a father of three small children, there is nothing I want more than to believe that the latest round of talks will lead to true and lasting peace. But we all know that a definition of insanity is the endless repetition of the same experiment in the hope of obtaining a different result. Therefore, all sides should end the insanity and appoint negotiators who have not failed us in the past and who truly represent the best interests of the people they aspire to represent.


About the Author: Member of Knesset Danny Danon is Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and Chairman of the World Likud.

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3 Responses to “Definition of Insanity: Failed Negotiators Trying Yet Again”

  1. Ch Hoffman says:

    No, Mr Danon: The definition of crazy is spitting in the face of Israel's only benefactor and friend. If the US gov wants to invest its prestige in a peace process, then Israeli refusal to participate would do far greater harm to the security of the Jews in Israel than any set of meetings (which will in all likelihood go nowhere anyhow).

    There is enough Arab intransigence to prevent any actual deal from being implemented; after all, the other side is negotiating without any real backing.

    And personally, Mr Danon, if you wish to undercut the PM by running to his right, you'll find that he'll cut your beitzim off without even offering you a shot of arak to kill the pain.

  2. Bear Klein says:

    Danon is correct as these talks have always led to fresh terrorist activity. Kerry and Obama are not acting as friends of Israel by twisting arms for talks that will lead to more dead and injured Jews. Of course coercing Israel to release terrorist murders from jail was an act of friendship!

  3. Why Saeb Erekat is Palestine peace negotiator?, he was born in Jordan and still he has the Jordanian citizenshipp no one knows, and the Witch Livni must be a failed espouse.

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