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The Fix Is In: Suddenly Abbas Agrees to Negotiations

If Abbas agrees to negotiations, it's because he was promised that everything he demanded as a precondition – he's going to get during and following the negotiations.
"Everybody understands that if Abu Mazen all of a sudden agrees to the negotiations, it's because he was promised that everything he demanded as a precondition before negotiations – he's going to get."

"Everybody understands that if Abu Mazen all of a sudden agrees to the negotiations, it's because he was promised that everything he demanded as a precondition before negotiations – he's going to get."

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Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is meeting today, Thursday, with senior Palestinian officials to discuss the resumption of peace talks with Israel.

The talks within the PLO brass come a day after Abbas’s meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is optimistic about a possible return to negotiations.

Kerry told reporters in Jordan on Wednesday that his meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials have been able to narrow differences between the two sides.

“Despite everything else that is happening in the region, despite all of the pressures of neighboring states, of refugees, conflict, despite the pressures of a volatile neighborhood, the fact is that both sides continue to work, up to this point, in good faith, in a good effort in order to try to find a way to succeed,” he said.

“Everybody understands that if Abu Mazen (Abbas’s nom de guerre) all of a sudden agrees to the negotiations, it’s because he was promised that everything he demanded as a precondition before negotiations – he’s going to get during and following the negotiations,” former MK Yaakov “Ketzaleh” Katz wrote on his Facebook page today.

Ketzaleh, who is one of the owners of Arutz 7, was probably at his finest when he served as assistant to then Housing and Development Minister Ariel Sharon, and was responsible for building more than 35,000 housing units in East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, Gaza and the Golan Heights. Under his guidance the Jewish population beyond the Green Line was doubled.

And so, I tend to trust Ketzaleh’s information now, when he says that the document of understanding between Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Secretary Kerry talks about uprooting the Jewish villages circling Shchem: Einav, Shavey Shomron, Yitzhar, and har Bracha. Some 10 thousand Jews, more than the entire population of Gush Katif, are already slated for evacuation, he says.

“It is Netanyahu, who would not permit issuing [construction project] bids in Judea, Samaria and the Golan, who is, in effect, drawing the contour lines for the Europeans… Wherever he freezes construction – there the Europeans bring down their decrees.”

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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20 Responses to “The Fix Is In: Suddenly Abbas Agrees to Negotiations”

  1. John Keytack says:

    I don’t trust him. Why are we even negotiating with them? We are only “legitimizing” their existence. I understand the Israeli government strategy of dealing with the most moderate end of palestinian, arab, and moslem presence. What the Israeli government does not understand is that they are playing with snakes. Playing with a less poisonous snake does not make it okay or safe…it is still a snake!

  2. Ch Hoffman says:

    If you want to rely on "Ketzalah", an original, founding father of the hate-everyone movement, then you might as well take your lunatic opinions and sell them on rush limbaugh.

  3. i feel sick about all of this…. and what is coming! feeling scared…very scared

  4. kerry is pressuring them via obama who is NOT pressuring Iran to stop nukes.

  5. Yori Yanover says:

    Ch Hoffman · What is the hate everything movement? What a bizarre way of referring to a man who has done more than most for Jewish life in Israel, including sacrifice a leg in the 73 war. You combine rudeness with ignorance with such skill, sir, you might feel right at home with Rush Limbaugh.

  6. Ch Hoffman says:

    Mr Ketzelah may well have been a military hero; no one has ever denied that. But he's not a wizard or a soothsayer or even a magician. He's just a discredited politician. Ketzalah is your source on relations between Israel's FM and the US Secy of State? Do you realize how ridiculous that sounds? do you think that Mr K has some magic that he can divine private conversations?

    If you want to act as Ketzelah's spokesman, fine; don't refer to it as news.

  7. Bear Klein says:

    Many conflicting reports are coming out. "Ketzalah" is a real patroit but he tries to make Bibi look bad at every turn and that why he was not in the last coalition. He is an idealist not a pragmatic politician and this does not work in politics.

    Talks based on 67 lines will not happen as the government will fall. Kerry may say something ambiguous that both sides can look at different ways to start the talks. There will not be an agreement between Bibi and Abbas. A Two State Solution is not going to happen!

  8. Have written 3 times my comment.All the time the texting however not definitively approved by me- has missed.Now I am not prepared to write it for the 4 th time- all around.Simply the situation shoud be deemed definitively on other basis , never existing Palestinian Unity, never existing Palestinian Nation, Judea and Samaria instead of wording West Bank.Undivided Jerusalem as everlasting Jewish capital of souvereign Jewish State of Israel.Abbas should firstly clarify his , if ever, leader position with Hammas.Put on the table nowadays where are the reasons of Gaza people oversettlements, and what is doing Hammas to his own people.When Abbas would like to discusse on issue of so called Palestinian emigrants – he has the doors open – to discuss with Jordan, or other "willinng"Arab states.Nobody would care.Why should or even must the Jews, however only one to willing find any solution.So be calm Papa Abu Mazen.

  9. And moreover now maybe is coming the best time to open to whole world the issue of Al-Aksa Moshe, the faulse of whole Quran and Arab history.

  10. Tim Upham says:

    Lock them both in a room together, and do not let them leave, until they both come up with a deal. Do not even let them out to go to the bathroom. Maybe that might encourage them.

  11. Aqeel Yousuf says:

    Agreed, Tim. How about tying them each to a chair too ? Jokes apart, I think we're very close to a landmark peace agreement. Fingers crossed.

  12. Tim Upham says:

    I will believe it, when I see it.

  13. David Bonin says:

    there cannot be any deal. Fanatics do not give up and the arabs insist on their way. so Israel must stand. If I were Israel. I would destroy the temple mount and rebuild the temple, then at the same time not allow one muslim in Israel. (If thye6y agree, I might let them have gaza and throw them out of Judea and samaria. If they do not agree, do it by force. and the hell with the world.Ainsi soit-il

  14. David Bonin says:

    two state solution could happen. The arabs can have gaza and get the hell out of Judea and samaria and of Jerusalem. Israel will build them another temple mount in Mecca and no muslim may live in Israel. we can even transport the rock if they wish and include it in the kaaba in mecca. If they refuse. . let us start with a beautiful H bomb on mecca, the kaaba as the target. and send all those fanatics to paradise. Aisi soit-il

  15. Negotiation talks are not a peace agreement. If Aabbas expects to get what he wants, there will be NO PEACE, unfortunately.

  16. Anonymous says:

    The only solution is a Federation like in Switzerland, two states in one state.

  17. David Bonin I agree with you.

  18. The only reality for Abbas is Jerusalem. I am very skeptical about what concessions and promises Kerry made. Great suggestion but Arab fixation is the whole pie.

  19. Eva Feld says:

    Sure thing Abbas, you guys need oil and gas, so much for your hot air.

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