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PEACE TALK WITHOUT PEACE VISION
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's much anticipated policy speech about his peace intentions was suffused with peace rhetoric, but it was starkly short on a peace vision.
The Sunday night speech at the Begin-Sadat Peace Centre at
The Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, declared dismissively that Netanyahu would have 'to wait a thousand years' before Palestinians would be ready to accept his terms.
Little wonder the Palestinians sounded sorely disappointed: Netanyahu gave no commitment to end the occupation, reiterated Israel's determination to retain the whole of Jerusalem as its 'united capital', rejected any possibility of a compromise on Palestinian refugees, and even had fulsome praise for the Jewish settlers in the West Bank whom he called 'Israeli pioneers'.
For all these shortcomings, the Obama Administration was listening for one thing, and one thing only: would the Israeli prime minister finally acknowledge the necessity for a Palestinian state? He may have squirmed at the buzzword but, in the end, Netanyahu did utter the phrase over which he has balked ever since his election back in February.
He did so only on strict conditions: 'If we get a guarantee for demilitarisation and necessary security arrangements for
The Netanyahu calculation seems to have been clear-cut - that, in the end, the Palestinians will save him from himself by rejecting his terms as the basis for resuming peace talks. It's as if Netanyahu had put his foot in Barack Obama's peace door ostensibly to prize it further open whereas, in reality, all he has done is to have put his foot in the door so as to trip up the Palestinians so that they fall before entering the Obama peace room.
Netanyahu had been warned by his own camp not to succumb to the demands that he finally state his readiness to accept a future Palestinian state in the
But, his formulation was in the end so niggling that his own Likud party ideologues - and even the settlers themselves - say they don't consider his commitment a tangible threat to the settlement enterprise. They will only be really alarmed, they say, if Netanyahu allows the Palestinian state eventually to begin taking shape.
'We don't like it but we can live with it,' said Dani Dayan, a settler leader. Many Netanyahu supporters praised the prime minister for 'skilfully circumventing international pressure.'
That inevitably impeded real progress towards peace. The continuing expansion of settlement building and dramatic increases during that period in the settler population - even as
Enter a new reality - this time, a reality shaped not by
A White House statement said 'President Obama believes this solution can and must ensure both Israel's security and the fulfilment of the Palestinians' legitimate aspirations for a viable state, and he welcomes Prime Minister Netanyahu's endorsement of that goal.'
For all the reluctance of his government partners to embrace the Obama peace vision, Netanyahu may well have managed to consolidate his coalition. On the other hand, the prime minister now faces the prospect of being hoisted by the Administration on his own Palestinian state petard: the
Netanyahu's whole speech was carefully calibrated to securing a
It's far from certain, however, that the
-Adapted from Globalissues.org-
p/s: I wonder when are they (the Jews laknatullah) going to get SERIOUS in negotiating the peace deal.
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