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It’s Official: Jew Killers to Be Released in Phase 1 of 2-State Talks

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

To those of us who went into the Shabbat secure in the knowledge that the Arabs have once again saved the day and the peace process negotiations are off—Saturday night held some unpleasant news. First, of course, was the very idea that the talks are on again, seemingly in response to direct, heavy, two-punch pressure from both Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama.

Second is the fact that Israel is giving in on the release of Palestinian prisoners with Jewish blood on their hands. “There will be some release of prisoners,” said Minister of Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz. “I don’t want to give numbers but there will be heavyweight prisoners who have been in jail for tens of years.”

Of course, the reason they’ve been in jail all those years is not because they drove with a broken tail light. It’s because they murdered Jews. Many Jews. Lots and lots of Jewish victims, whose families will now, for the second time in a row under this prime minister, watch the killers go free.

The first time, of course, when more than a thousand Arab murderers were released in exchange for one captured Israeli soldier.

The Palestinians will also give up something: they agreed to postpone their applications to participate in international organizations based on the observer-state status the PLO had won at the United Nations General Assembly last fall.

Just minutes before boarding a plane to fly home, Kerry told reporters that both sides had reached “an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations.”

According to the NY Times, the way Kerry got the two sides to agree—Netanyahu to give and Chairman Abbas to take—was by stating that it was Washington that believed peace should be based on an Israeli return to the 67 border, and that Israel is a Jewish state. This way, publicly, both sides still look sufficiently rejectionist, and yet are both able to sit down and talk.

Once again, a significant majority of Israelis who had voted into office a majority right-wing government, today discovered that it’s starting to function as a left-wing government, fewer than six months after the vote.

This kind of betrayal has been practiced by every single right wing government since the day the late Yitzhak Shamir capitulated to a combined American (Bush 1) and European pressure and sent a delegation to the 1991 Madrid Conference. For Prime Minister Netanyahu this is the third time in so many terms: in 1997, after running on an anti-Oslo Agreement platform, Netanyahu handed Hebron and other critical areas to the Palestinians; in 2009, having run on a post-Gush Katif agenda, Netanyahu declared a 10-months settlement freeze; and now, having been elected again as a friend of the settlements—Netanyahu is once again capitulating to the left-wing line.

Is the Israeli right-wing voter suffering from a battered wife syndrome? Why do we keep coming back for more? Is there no Likud leader out there capable of holding on to the supposed Likud values once they get the voter’s nod?

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon has been telling anyone who would listen that he objects to all of the above: no to releasing prisoners before the conclusion of the negotiations, meaning as part of the prize the Palestinians will earn after signing the peace agreement—and not as a “confidence building” measure.

Danon is against a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, because it would endanger the very existence of Israel. He pointed out, in an appearance on Reshet Bet, that Netanyahu has committed to a national referendum on the peace treaty with the PA.

MK Tzahchi Hanegbi, a recent returnee from an 8-year stint with the now defunct Kadima party (certain political animals just don’t go down with the drowning ship) announced that only “older prisoners” would be let go in the initial good will gesture. Of course, the reason they’re in jail is that they’ve kept a whole lot of Jews from growing old, but that’s just too complicated.

Another survivor of the Kadima fiasco, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, also has the special negotiations portfolio in the Netanyahu government. She will be in Washington in a couple of weeks, to personally run the first round of renewed talks. If I were living beyond the green line I’d be doing heavy davening right about now. Unlike Netanyahu and Hanegbi, Tzipi doesn’t event pretend to be a friend of the settlements.

Netanyahu Rival Danon Elected Head of Likud Central Committee

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon, who has said the Likud Party and Israel’s governing coalition are opposed to a two-state solution, was elected chairman of the party’s Central Committee on Sunday.

The victory by Danon was a blow to party leader Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but he pledged to work with Netanyahu for the good of the party.

He was elected by the party’s Central Committee, which makes decisions for the party and can change its constitution.

State Dept. Shows Faint Signs of Dumping ‘Peace Process’

Monday, June 10th, 2013

U.S. State Dept. comments on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s scheduled return to Israel this year offer faint indications that the Obama administration, may finally be getting ready to tell the Palestinian Authority and Israel, “Go fight it out among yourselves and leave us alone.”

No one is quite certain why Kerry is coming, unless he has some super-duper trick up his sleeve. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has dug his heels deep in the Saudi 2002 Initiative that has been developed into the basis of PA demands that there is nothing to be negotiated.

On the Israel side, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon, one of the most senior and nationalist Likud Knesset Members, took it upon himself to say that the government is against a two-state solution.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was so upset that he called on the Sabbath to the Times of Israel website, which had quoted Danon, to voice his distance from Danon’s remarks.

The facts on the ground tell the story. On the one hand, Palestinian Authority Arabs, heavily backed by European Union and international leftist funding, have settled on thousands of acres in Judea and Samaria to stake claims and isolate Jewish communities.

On the other hand, In  the first three months of this  year, there were 865 housing starts in Judea and Samaria, compared with 313 in the same period in 2012, mirroring the nationalist influence of the Jewish Home party and its “partner through silence,” Yair Lapid and his Yesh Atid party.

Significantly, the figures do not include areas of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority and where the Netanyahu government has reportedly carried out a de facto building freeze since the beginning of the year.

Senior PA negotiator Saeb Erekat said Sunday following Danon’s comments, “I believe that a government that continues to tender settlements and rejects the two-state solution will not go for peace.”

So why does the Obama administration really think anyone is listening?

It does have an audience, limited but elite.

Only someone with the Ivory Tower view of President Shimon Peres, and there are still a few thousand like him, could actually believe that Abbas is sincere in wanting a peace agreement with Israel, even if all of his demands are met, while refusing to declare that Israel is a “Jewish state.” And only the same view could actually believe that peace can be achieved even Israel were to satisfy all of Abbas’ demands.

“It’s clear not only to us Palestinians but also to the American administration and John Kerry that the current Israeli government is not interested in the peace process,” Nimr Hamad, an adviser to Abbas, told the Associated Press. “The Palestinian position is clear. Israel has to be forced to stop the settlement activity.”

Abbas has long passed the point of no return, and Netanyahu, honest or not, can comfortably go through the motions of wanting to negotiate because he knows Abbas will refuse.

Is Kerry finally getting the message?

In Washington, the growing doubts among reporters of what has become a “peace process charade” have started to creep into the State Dept. comments.

In Friday’s daily news briefing, State Dept, spokeswoman Jen Psaki emphasized what previously has been stated as  a secondary clause:

“Let me just reiterate the larger point here, which is that this is between – this is up to the Israelis and the Palestinians to make the decision to move back to the negotiating table… But it is ultimately up to both sides, regardless of who else is involved on the outside.”

She could not even answer reporter’s questions concerning what meetings Kerry will conduct.

Kerry and President Barack Obama have said before that in the end, the Palestinian Authority and Israel  must decide if they want an agreement.

Kerry does not want to be another failure  following a long line off U.S. diplomats who have thought they could change the Middle East.

The smartest thing would be for Kerry to blame both sides and make a quick exit.

Is Kerry smart? Don’t bet on it.

PM Rejects Danon’s Statement that Govt Opposes 2-State Solution

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Officials in the Prime Minister’s office have told Reshet Bet Radio that statements made by Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon to Times of in Israel do not represent the Prime Minister’s position nor the position of the Government of Israel. According to these officials, Netanyahu is interested in renewing the peace process negotiations without preconditions, and his statements about a two-state solution is still in effect. In fact, the sources reiterate, Netanyahu is calling on the Palestinian Authority to begin without delay the talks, in which all the contested issues will be discussed. The Palestinian Authority state its demands, and Israel will bring up its demands, which will include, among other things, strict security arrangements, recognition of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people and declaring an end to the conflict.

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon told Times of Israel that the Likud and the governing coalition are “staunchly opposed to a two-state solution and would block the creation of a Palestinian state if such a proposal ever came to a vote.”

“Look at the government,” Danon told the news website, “there was never a government discussion, resolution or vote about the two-state solution. If you will bring it to a vote in the government — nobody will bring it to a vote, it’s not smart to do it — but if you bring it to a vote, you will see the majority of Likud ministers, along with the Jewish Home [party], will be against it.”

“The international community can say whatever they want, and we can do whatever we want,” Danon said.

Labor MK Nachman Shai criticized Danon’s remarks, saying the Knesset should debate his statements, especially in light of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent push for kickstarting the talks and his announcement that time was running short.

“Is Danny Danon the child who discovered that the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes?” MK Shai wondered.

Palestinian Authority foreign minister Riyad al-Malki on Saturday reiterated the Palestinian commitment to relaunch peace talks, in order to achieve peace and establish an independent state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, Ma’an reported.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said last week that he wants to return to negotiations “as soon as possible.”

“The ball is in the Israeli court,” Abbas told reporters in Ramallah. “Palestinian demands are known by Israel and the U.S., and now it’s time for Israel to accept them in order to start the negotiations.”

PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said earlier that the Palestinians were making “every possible effort” to help Kerry succeed in bringing the two sides to the table.

And so, the stalemate remains as it was: the Palestinians demand their preconditions, the Israelis demand there be no preconditions, and Kerry is expected, according to sources in Ramallah, to be visiting the area one more time, possibly as early as this week.

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