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"The entire world is against us" is the undying Jewish mantra. Nowhere is chanted more vehemently that in Holy Land, where it plays soft musical background to the sound of Jews firing machineguns. Never is it checked out against reality.
Today – September 27, 2010 – is the first day after the end of the 10-month moratorium on the Israeli construction in the West Bank. The Palestinian request to extend it for three months in order to continue the current negotiations in a positive ambience was rejected. And what a rejection! Construction is expected to begin in Adam, Beit Hagai, Oranit, Sha'arei Tikva, Karmei Tzur, Kedumim, Kochav Hashachar, Ravava, Shavei Shomron, and Yakir. Overall, 600 buildings are expected to be build immediately, while at least another 1400 are waiting for appropriate permits from Ehud Barak, the Israeli Minister of Defense, who controls all aspects of life in the West Bank. Netanyahu made a very clear point to Mahmoud Abbas: you carry no weight. Considering the background of the current talks, this is strange.
On August 20, 2010, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas have been invited to Washington on September 2, to start a round of talks. However, Mahmoud Abbas is holding his position as President of the Palestinian Authority illegally. Elected to serve until January 9, 2009, Mr. Abbas unilaterally extended his term as president of the Palestinian Authority for another year and continues in office even after that deadline expired. Palestinian legal Prime Minister - Ismail Haniyeh – said that “Palestinians worldwide do not support absurd talks with Israel,” and that “the scheduled negotiations would not restore Palestinians' rights or give them control over religious sites.” Haled Mashal, said that the upcoming talks were illegitimate and the result of coercion by Washington. I expanded on that in Next Bomb is Courtesy of Netanyahu.
Thus Israel is negotiating with a person void of legitimacy and politically weak, probably in an attempt to enforce a solution on the Palestinian side. Under such circumstances, one would expect Israel to fervently support its political puppet.
In the last month, Abbas said in various occasions that he would abandon peace talks if Israel wouldn’t extend the moratorium. The day before the end of the moratorium, he added that Israel must choose between its settlement policy and peace. Israel was oblivious to everything. Netanyahu said nothing explicit and the moratorium ended quietly. Abbas knew that would happen. The day before that event – on September 25 – he said at the UN General Assembly: “Despite the historic injustice that has been inflicted upon our people, their desire to achieve a just peace which guarantees the achievement of their national rights in freedom and independence has not and will not diminish, and our wounded hands are still able to carry the olive branch from the rubble of the trees that the occupation uproots every day.”
Overall, Israel went into great troubles to run a Hollywoodian show with an illegitimate leader in an apparent attempt to reach a new peace agreement with the Palestinians. Then, amidst the negotiations, it resumed building on Palestinians lands, not before making sure the Palestinian leader it negotiated with was utterly humiliated in the eyes of his people. What kind of negotiating tactic is that? Is this the epitome of Jewish Wisdom? Does Israel hope to create a positive attitude on the Palestinian streets in such a way? Probably it means the talks won’t succeed. Even if an agreement would be signed, it wouldn’t be accepted by great parts of the Palestinian society. After the first eruption of violence against the brutal terror of the Israeli occupation, Rabbi Mammon Rothschild will cry with crocodile tears: "The entire world is against us."
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