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US Source: Bibi For Settlement Deportations ‘But Not on his Watch’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been telling U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that he's ready to dismantle settlements, he just wants the process to take longer and for someone else to do the final deed. His dad must be so proud…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been telling U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that he's ready to dismantle settlements, he just wants the process to take longer and for someone else to do the final deed. His dad must be so proud…
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“Netanyahu has made clear that he is ready to undertake an historic move, but he wants to spread it over a long period of time, and to avoid mass evacuations of settlers during his rule,” an American source close to the peace negotiations told Walla. The source added that the prime minister has been making statements to this effect during his recent meetings with U.S. secretary of State John Kerry, and in his conversations last year with President Obama.

“He made clear to Obama as well as Kerry that he is ready to ‘go for it,’ but insisted that the execution, especially the aspect of settlement evacuations, must be gradual and lengthy – and not over 3 to 5 years, as the Palestinians demand,” the American source explained.

According to that source, “Netanyahu definitely understands that Israel must go for the agreement, but he doesn’t want to be the one who would in effect deport tens of thousands of settlers from the West bank. As far as he’s concerned, the best scenario would be a gradual agreement, with the final application taking place only on the watch of the next prime minister.”

Two weeks ago, U.S. ambassador to israel dan Shapiro said that during his most recent hops between Jerusalem and Ramallah, Kerry “heard from Netanyahu and Abu mazen (Abbas) things no one had heard from them in the past.”

Shapiro would not go into details, but the American source told Walla that “what Kerry heard from Netanyahu is a willingness on his part to agree on an historic compromise – while insisting on a gradual and lengthy application.”

The same source added that “this demand also holds true regarding settler deportations and the Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley.”

The source did not go into detail on how the Palestinians had reacted to Netanyahu’s new position, but noted that “there are gaps regarding the schedule.”

All of the above could explain Kerry’s near-euphoric behavior over the past few weeks, despite the string of reports on difficulties and wide gaps in the negotiations. In that context, Walla quotes an Israeli politician who had spoken to the Israeli negotiation staff, who said “the Americans feel that Netanyahu is near his point of ‘crossing the Rubicon,’ which is why they’re not upset about his right-wing sounding statements in the Knesset Likud faction meetings. They believe he must appease the right wing in his own party, but says the truly important things in his meetings with Kerry, especially when the two of them are alone.”

Meanwhile, the Kerry mission in Jerusalem has been hectically meeting with opposition parties on the left and in the Haredi camp, in preparation for a Jewish Home walkout following an “historic” statement from the prime minister.

Which is why Jewish Home must never leave the coalition government, regardless of the upcoming deal. They should hold on to their positions of power, vote against the catastrophic deal, and use their official capacity to defend and protect the settler community. Outside the government they may sound righteous and patriotic, but their worth to the people about to become refugees in their own land would be negligible.

Tough times are coming. Our communities must come together and figure out short and long term ways of evading deportation. Collect food, store water, purchase electric generators, stock up on fuel. Get as much of our resources off the grid as we can, because when they come for us – the grid will be the first thing they’ll turn off.

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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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15 Responses to “US Source: Bibi For Settlement Deportations ‘But Not on his Watch’”

  1. Jean Perles says:

    Israel in my heart forever.

  2. A civil war is brewing in Israel…and it won't be the first! Stop coddling the cowardly Kerry and his boss, the outrageous, looting & lying islamic POTUS Obama. No good will come of it and noting less that the complete destruction of Israel and the death of all Jews and Christians will suit them. There is evil afoot in the world, it must not settle at our doorstep or within our house politic…soon there just might be two (2) Israel's…'the one who did; and the one who didn't bend a knee to political correctness and all its evil!

  3. This bit makes no sense to me: "Which is why Jewish Home must never leave the coalition government, regardless of the upcoming deal. They should hold on to their positions of power, vote against the catastrophic deal, and use their official capacity to defend and protect the settler community. Outside the government they may sound righteous and patriotic, but their worth to the people about to become refugees in their own land would be negligible."

    They have NO power. No one does except for the PM, as we saw in the case of Disengagement and in the case of the prisoner releases. Jewish Home was in the government during the prisoner releases and could not stop them. They can't stop anything.

  4. Rivka Gornall Leiner says:

    BY already cooked their daisa by going with Bennett and not the charedim. And of course they appealed to the most childish and shallow reasons (so what if they are trustable, holds like me and share all my views, I don't like their publicity stunts. PC 100%) to make sure that the only party that could be 100% to stay firm did not get a single seat. In the past a large vocal opposition was able to accomplish much. You are talking about BY, it is still possible to return the charedim (just ditch the budget changes and the horribly planned OFEK CHADASH). You may even embarrass out some likudnikim now that this article is a claim of Bibi's that this is last term. If Bibi signs an agreement we will be hearing "agreements must be kept" as was said when the left was booted out after Oslo.

  5. Rivka Gornall Leiner says:

    And if you have a no confidence over Lapid's economy and not settlements you may draw blood from the left.

  6. Give away more of GOD'S LAND??? I really can't believe this. When will they get this right??? It's not theirs to give away…it's GOD'S and HE'S NOT happy about this. AND do they REALLY believe this will bring peace with the Palestinians??? Palestinians want ALL the land and they won't stop till they have it ALL or they'er stopped.

  7. If this is true, Bibi should resighn immediately.
    Not one Israeli would agree to this. It is national suicide,
    Give them one inch and tthey will damand the lot.

    If Bibi gives that order, I hope the military will arrest Bibi and take over as has happened in Egypt.
    The soldiers should warn Bibi "If you do this, we will not do what Sharon did in Gaza.

    Many Israelis cursed Sharon, who had a massive stroke shorthly after Gaza.

    Watch out Bibi,

    G-D is not on your side with this

  8. Hypocrital, rascal of Netanyahu is not different to Hitler. he wants a "Judenrein" in Judea and Samaria, washing his hands to let the next goverment to throw out the jewish like sheeps from Jedea and Samaria to the "Konzentrasions Lager" the Israeli new territory, like the Gaza people, hypocrital, rascal Netanyahu has to go inmediately out together his leckayers, if Israel accepts the hypocrital, rascal Netanyahu idea, Israel will not survive the end of this century or his 100 years birthday.

  9. In our generation. then WW111.

  10. Lol! I don't believe anything they report about an anonymous source, insider or "an American source close to the peace negotiations" This community is rife with liars with a whole retinue of insidious motivations. Diplomacy is another word for bullsh*t. They fly one trial balloon after another to gauge the reactions of the people who give everything away and get nothing in return.

  11. If this is true, then we have a great calamity before us. Everything must be done to persuade Netanyahu not to follow this course of action. Every resource we have must be used to prevent this from happening. Who would enforce this action the IDF? Would they be willing to go along with this plan of action? Netanyahu will go down in history as a disgrace and a back stabber. The time to mobilize is now and use our supporters Evangelical Christians to help us .

  12. I agree with Moriah Steiner, Are they sending out these reports in order to undermine confidence in Netanyahu, I cant see the prime minister stabbing Israel in the back, I can see Kerry doing everything, in order to make Israel look weak and cowardly, We would call Kerry in the christian community a "Judas priest"

  13. Philip Blom says:

    Kerry is as false as his hair!

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