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Netanyahu Opens ‘Direct Talks’ with Abbas: Greetings on Ramadan

Who says Netanyahu does not want peace with Abbas? He picked up the phone to wish him greetings on Ramadan. Why didn’t Kerry think of that? Maybe Arabs will call tonight and wish Bibi a good fast.”
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu picked up the phone on Sunday to personally call Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas and say, “I called to greet you on the occasion of Ramadan.”

That was the first time the Prime Minister has called Abbas since the new government took office this year.

Cynics might say that Netanyahu simply was being a political opportunist, calling days before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pays his sixth visit to the region this to re-invent the “peace process.”

“I hope that we will have an opportunity to speak to each other and not just on holidays, and that we begin negotiations,” the Prime Minister added. “This is important. I hope that American Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts have results.”

That certainly should satisfy the cynics.

Unfortunately, the Office of the Prime Minister, which made sure the media knew about the phone call, did not mention what Abbas said in response, if anything. Government spokesman Mark Regev told the Jewish Press, “I cannot go beyond the statement.”

Presumably, Abbas said, “Thank you.”

That would be a good start.

The United States has been acting as middle man for Israel and the Palestinian Authority for more than 20 years, orchestrating the moves of the leaders, whether they be Arafat, Abbas, Netanyahu, Loment or Sharon.

Until now.

The Obama administration, which simply is carrying the flameless torch of the Bush administration, has put each side into a tight comer with no room to wriggle except to turn around and quit the game of charades.

If the international community, whatever that means today, would let Israel and the Palestinian Authority figure this out for themselves, maybe the locals actually know what is best.

Netanyahu got the ball rolling.

Who knows? Maybe Abbas will call him today and wish a “good fast” for Tisha B’Av?

Tisha B’Av marks the date that the First and Second Holy Temples were destroyed.

A cynic would say, “Wait a minute. The Palestinian Authority is trying to convince the world that the Jews never had any connection with the Temple Mount and that the Bible is simply Zionist propaganda.”

In that case, Abbas would not make any reference to  Tisha B’Av.

Oh well, there always is Rosh HaShanah.

 

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 “Netanyahu Opens ‘Direct Talks’ with Abbas: Greetings on Ramadan”

  1. Laura Robinson Morris says:

    Now, if word became action…let's see Bibi follow through! Words are cheap.

  2. Why must Bibi do the talking?
    What about Abbas talking peace and not destructio of Israel.
    I hope that Abbas realises that if he carries on like that, it will be the destruction of the PA

  3. Lisa Kamins says:

    it sad to say, not cynical, just realistic, that Netanyahu was wasting his time to call. Years ago the Lubavitcher Rebbi told Shamir when he was Prime minister not to try and please the goyim, not to appease them, not to look to them and then HaSh-m will protect us. We have not had a prime minister do this. they have all given in to pressure, and been foolish. if we would look to HaSh-m to protect and strengthen us, and not other nations, then we will be fine. I believe we will be fine any way, yet, it will be more difficult this way, always looking to the other nations to protect us and approve of us. it does not work, it never has and it never will. they will not approve of us. with this Tisha B'Av, may we find achdut, harmony among our own people, and wisdom to believe in HaSh-m, and let Him be our protector and guide.

  4. Wars and rumors of wars are raging all over the world today just as the Bible stated that they would in the end times. Now we have trouble in Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Lebanon, N. Korea, Libya, and on and on the list goes! Iran continues unwavering on it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons and Assad the dictator of Syria is still in power. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Assad of Syria has allegedly used Chemical and Bio weapons against his own people and has threatened to use them against other nations in the past. If this situation does not drastically change soon for the better, I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 will likely take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  5. Maybe they could send us greetings on Tisha B Av. Why do we not expect sympathy and respect for Israel’s and Jerusalem’s mishaps and misfortunes of which Judaism has sufferred the most,has been the most maligned and is still being battered.

  6. Get some balls and stop kissing Obama's ass.It's pretty clear to see this guy isn't interested in "peace talks." I know Netanyahu is eager to give the country away. What is there to discuss. What the actual date and time to hand Israel over to the Palestinians? As Prime Minister, Netenyahu's job is to do what's best for Israel. Not make suicidal concessions. It's for Netanyahu to hit the road and hopefully the Israeli people will smarten up and elect a real leader, not a weakling who wants to appease the enemy.

  7. Get some balls and stop kissing Obama's ass.It's pretty clear to see this guy isn't interested in "peace talks." I know Netanyahu is eager to give the country away. What is there to discuss. What the actual date and time to hand Israel over to the Palestinians? As Prime Minister, Netenyahu's job is to do what's best for Israel. Not make suicidal concessions. It's for Netanyahu to hit the road and hopefully the Israeli people will smarten up and elect a real leader, not a weakling who wants to appease the enemy.

  8. Ms. Morris, you're a ******. It's not Israel's responsibility to "follow through." It's the Palestinians turn to demonstrate they want peace. But, they won't because the only thing they want is for Israel to cease to exist. Which is probably the same thing you want. I can smell a pro Arab dope a mile away.

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