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Kerry’s Dream and Abbas’ Nightmare Meet in Biblical Beit El

Road sign points the way to Beit El, where Israel plans to build 296 homes for Jews despite Kerry's hopes a for building freeze.

Road sign points the way to Beit El, where Israel plans to build 296 homes for Jews despite Kerry's hopes a for building freeze.

The Israeli government has announced a new step in plans to build 300 new homes in Beit El, in  northern Samaria, just as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to convince Mahmoud Abbas to return to talks if Israel slaps a freeze on building for Jews in Judea and Samaria.

Reports from Israeli sources earlier this week stated that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has buckled under pressure from Kerry, and probably President Barack Obama, to freeze construction to bring Abbas back to the so-called negotiating table.

“Negotiations” in Arab Doublespeak means that Israel must accept Palestinian Authority territorial and political demands or they will be forced down its throat, either by the United Nations or by “resistance,” another Doublespeak word, which means terror.

No government  official has denied the reports of a “de facto” building freeze, and Prime Minister Netanyahu is conveniently in China.

Kerry hosted the government’s unofficial Minister for the Peace Process, Tzipi Livni, in Washington last week and continued discussions with her in Rome this week, where he said he will return to Israel in two weeks.

Journalists covering the State Department asked why he is returning after having been here last month, but the reports of the unofficial freeze provide the obvious answer.

But smack in the middle of Kerry’s Big Momentum – run as fast as you can with the ball so that everyone is too dazzled to see that the ball is a bomb – the government announced the next step for building 296 more homes in Beit El.

The town is not just another community in Samaria. More than 6.000 national religious Jews live there. Beit El is a symbol of the national religious movement in Judea and Samaria. A yeshiva bearing the town’s Biblical name has wide influence across the country. It is home to two of the most prominent national religious rabbis in Israel, Rabbi Zalman Melamed, head of Yeshiva Beit El, and Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, who is widely respected and consulted by many Jews who are not part of the “club.”

After the announcement of the preliminary approval of the homes, the Palestinian Authority immediately said everyone can forget about trying to dig up the bones of the peace process.

As with almost every announcement of building new homes, the one in Beit El refers only to one of several bureaucratic steps before the bulldozers can start digging, not less than a year from now.

Israel has been through this time after time, the most famous incident being the announcement of another bureaucratic stage having been completed for building homes in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem, claimed by the Palestinian Authority.

The news broke just as Vice President Joe Biden was landing in Israel, causing high tension between Jerusalem and Washington for a long time.

Coincidental or not with Kerry’s dream for resumed direct talks between Netanyahu and Abbas, the Beit El housing project proves that Israel is trying to “sabotage” Kerry’s efforts, according to senior PA negotiator Saeb Erekat.

“We condemn this new decision which is proof that the Israeli government wants to sabotage and ruin the US administration’s efforts to revive the peace process,” he said. “This is a message to the American administration and a blow to the peace process. This aims to drag the region into violence instead of peace and stability.”

Violence.

Erekat did not even have the diplomacy to say “resistance.”

It is out-and-out violence, and obviously Kerry would blame Israel if the Arabs kill more Jews. Otherwise he would have to go back on his statement earlier this year that the proof that Abbas is such a great peace partner can be found in the fact that not even one Jew was murdered by Palestinian Authority terrorists in 2012.

What about 2011? Well, that is history. Let’s look at the present and not the past and talk peace.

And what about the present the year 2013? Uh, yeah, well, sure, a Palestinian Authority terrorist stabbed to death a father of five, but that was an isolated incident, and after all, the murderer was not a member of a known terrorist gang.

Kerry does not have to defend himself. He has Livni to do that for him. Both of them desperately need a peace agreement, Kerry because he wants to be president and Livni because she needs something to justify her being politically alive. The latest polls shows that her party would win zero seats in if elections were held today.

The Beit El housing is just another bump in the road for her. “There is no need for this to become a pretext for drama or anger,” she said. As for the American  government, “They listened and they understood and for the moment, there is no reaction.”

Kerry can be expected to try to convince Abbas to swallow the frog and trust good ol’ John, who wants exactly what Abbas wants –  a Jew-less Judea and Samaria. Thast is not because Kerry hates Jews. He simply knows it is easier to bleed Netanyahu instead of having to be bled by the entire Arab world. And don’t forget to fill up the gas tank on the way.

Israel cannot back down from building homes in Beit El because of a previous promise, and it would not be surprising if the Netanyahu administration purposely timed the Beit El announcement to counter opposition within the coalition to the de facto freeze.

The promise to build homes followed the expulsion of 33 families in the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El, which the courts ruled was built on land that they bought from an Arab who was not registered as the land owner.

Kerry has four weeks to at least stage a ceremonious meeting between Netanyahu and Abbas, or at least between senior negotiators, to save face and keep his momentum going, even if it has no course or direction.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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9 Responses to “Kerry’s Dream and Abbas’ Nightmare Meet in Biblical Beit El”

  1. The condemnation will happen over 296 homes or 2,960 homes. Might as well make it the 2,960 and get it over with.

  2. Cathy Sherman says:

    Why is Kerry relevant? Didn't he make a fool of himself in the US running for prez? Oh, I forgot, the US elects former dingbats because the collective memory is short. He can condemn us all he wants, but he's the one who will be condemned. We have the right to defend ourselves, (gag-no one else has to beg for this right), but not the right to build homes? The presence of homes is a peaceful means of defense. They'd prefer constant shooting?

  3. Cathy Sherman says:

    Why is Kerry relevant? Didn't he make a fool of himself in the US running for prez? Oh, I forgot, the US elects former dingbats because the collective memory is short. He can condemn us all he wants, but he's the one who will be condemned. We have the right to defend ourselves, (gag-no one else has to beg for this right), but not the right to build homes? The presence of homes is a peaceful means of defense. They'd prefer constant shooting?

  4. I totally agree with you .And I think Kerry is a scumbag.

  5. Gil Gilman says:

    Kerry's efforts are irrelevant. There is no embargo on well-meaning but misguided individuals in the political arena, or any other arena for that matter. The days of Henry Kissinger are long past, and his shuttle diplomacy resulted in a cease-fire after the Yom Kippur War, but Jimmy Carter used that shuttle diplomacy methodology to produce the Camp David Accords, and Clinton the Oslo I Accord from which Israel, and no one else, still suffers to this day. Now 20 years have passed, and this shuttle process will not produce a sou of result without PA and Hamas recanting their agenda. How likely is that! Oddly these accords came about because of a fear, on the part of diplomats, of an increase in terrorism. See what that got them? And everyone else sees it also.

  6. Gil Gilman says:

    So it has been 40 years since the Yom Kippur War. Who during all that time has been able to adjust the thinking palestinians? Israel, and no one else has used a yod of reasoning and common sense during four decades.

  7. wow that's a good news about Livni and her leftists party I just want her gone and forgotten!

  8. wow that's a good news about Livni and her leftists party I just want her gone and forgotten!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Often leads the aspirations of the men to the emergence in the international fora to implicate other men, though it was a question about Kerry Is fit and Minister for Foreign Affairs Affairs will say America can question the U.S. Congress, and Obama.

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