Abu Mazen and Obama’s Peace Pantomime

Obama is unable to offer Abbas an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, because that is not what Netanyahu has in mind. Indeed, recent reports suggest that during his meeting last weekend with Egypt’s President, Hosni Mubarak, the Israeli prime minister presented a proposed map of a Palestinian State that fell well short of the Arab League’s proposal for peace. Nor is Netanyahu under pressure from the US to offer more. In fact, Netanyahu believes that he can bend Washington to his will, as he so memorably explained to a family of Israeli settlers in a recently surfaced video clip from 2001: “I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction.”

The “right direction” that Netanyahu made clear in the video, was “to put an end to this galloping forward to the ’67 borders”. Unable to offer a state based on the Arab League’s peace terms, Obama hopes to entice Abbas into his “peace event” by offering him a flag pole – specifically, the right to fly the Palestinian flag outside the PA mission in Washington. This is not any flag pole either, but one that provides diplomatic immunity for his envoys there: Palestinian diplomats will soon be able to ignore parking tickets in Washington, DC. Can the “stamps, parades and carnival” predicted by Uzi Arad be far behind?

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20 Responses to Abu Mazen and Obama’s Peace Pantomime

  1. Extremist Zionist says:

    Of course what Netanyahu is offering the Palestinians is unacceptable to them. But then so too was what Barak, Sharon and Olmert offered them as well. In other words, the Palestinians are not willing to reach a peace agreement on ANY terms that ANY Israeli governemnt will offer them. A primary sticking point is the so-called “Palestinian Right of Return”. The Palestinians have never indicated that they won’t insist on implementation of it, although “progressives” always seem to assume that they will, without any evidence in that direction.
    The assumption of “progressives” is that there is a potential agreement waiting in the wings “that everyone knows the terms of” and that the Arabs have agreed to these terms, and it is simply a matter of forcing Israel to go along. WRONG! The Palestinians will NEVER accept the idea, so beloved of “progressives” of “Two states living side by side in peace in prosperity”. Such a scenaria would be abhorrent to the Arab world, which CAN NOT accept having a Jewish state of any size in its midst.
    Get used to it….no peace agreement is attainable.

  2. Colin Laney says:

    Extremest Zionist writes: “In other words, the Palestinians are not willing to reach a peace agreement on ANY terms that ANY Israeli governemnt will offer them.”

    I presume you mean that no Israeli government will offer (with minor adjustments) the 1967 borders, which the Palestinians would accept in a heartbeat.

    So no two-state solution. Take your choice:
    (1)A repressive apartheid state.
    (2)Another Palestinian expulsion.
    (3)A regional nuclear war.
    (4)All of the above.

  3. Extremist Zionist says:

    Previous Israeli governments have, more than once, offered something close to the territorial outline you mentioned. If you are right, then the Palestinians would make a counter-offer along these lines. This has not happened. How do you know that they would “accept them in a heartbeat”? Saeb Erekat recently rejected the idea of Israel keeping the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. This falls within the scope of what everyone like you assumes is “minor territorial adjustments”.

    In any event, it is not the territorial dimension that is the deal-breaker, it is the Palestinian “right of return”, and I mean actual implementation of “the return”, not merely symbolic recognition of it and monetary compensation. The refuged situation is NOT merely a “humanitarian problem” that can be solved by resettlement and compensation…it is an ultimate POLITICAL weapon to be used against Israel. The refugees have no say in the matter, if they were to agree to resettlement and compensation, they would be accused by many elements in the Arab world of being traitors. In any event, a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza has no room no economioc ability to absorb large numbers of refugees, who in any event are different than the local population and would not fit in with them.


  5. “accept them in a heartbeat”? Saeb Erekat recently rejected the idea of Israel keeping the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.

  6. Austerity measures, trade unions, who had rebelled, took a 48-hour general strike. The officers, doctors, lawyers, and air traffic controllers will stop work for two days leaving their life in Greece.
    Greece, which is one of the countries in Europe, the most powerful trade unions, in fact, accustomed to such strikes. The last 30 years, the country of 5 strike was over a thousand. However, the country passing through a deep economic crisis, trade unions often apply to acts of work stoppage, the solution is to oppose proposals, also brings in discussions. Does it really represent all the employees in the trade unions? Demands of the workers is said to what extent? Authorities clear how much?

    Fewer participants

    Bill, said the crisis in Greece, cut off public employees, the government angry. A variety of voices heard in protest of workers and civil servants, trade unions call for action is now approaching more distant. Collection of actions that increasingly small number of participants is remarkable.

    Professor Yannis Kouzis who specializes in working life, was scathing about union leaders. Kouzis, trade unions in the country has lost the last 20 years of blood, says: “In particular, no influence on the young is not easy to act in the organized sector. The number of members of trade unions has not changed since the late 80s. Moreover, despite the increase in the number of insured employees. Of course, 99 percent of Greek businesses , only 5, you must also consider that less than twenty employees. This kind of trade union movements in small businesses is very difficult to perform. ”

    Job security is reduced

    According to many experts, the trend in Europe’re responding to the labor market in Greece. Business life is gaining prevalence of flexible working conditions. Location of job security or self-employment, part-time leave. This also breaks the power of trade unions. Another key problem is important in this area, with political parties and workers’ representative of the bond. The government party member of parliament or minister to be close to the trade union leaders, a situation in Greece is not at all rare.

    Professor Yannis Kouzis, “Trust not a trade union movement, gives ammunition to opponents. The trade unions should keep the initiative in the hands of outside intervention to protect the independence-protected and has to fight against political parties. Of course, this is not so easy,” Geoana said.

    The minimum service obligation

    Greek trade union leaders, the number of members increases the difficulty of making draws on the superior performance of the strike. Strike in Greece since 1979 was more than 5 thousand 300. 90 percent of them took place in the public domain. At least 300 work days of a thousand Not studied.

    Professor Kouzis, more and more Greek citizen of the country fell into crisis, the role of trade unions and the working life that disputes had thought.

    Strikes, are required to provide minimum services. However, it is usually not taken into account. Yannis Kouzis, “Current laws, areas of the state to meet the basic needs of citizens, but a place employees on strike, provided that allows you to leave in charge. Failure to do so would have been violated labor laws. In addition, to meet the basic needs of the public by preventing the encounter Doing gerekyor. In particular, the public is already kazan?lam?yorsa “he says.

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    A National Transition Council official press conference in the capital, Tripoli, Gaddafi did not order anyone to kill, he argued. Competent, after the arrest of Gaddafi, came a conflict between the old regime supporters fighters, ousted president also claimed that this order had been shot without intent.

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  8. Louisiana state prison in the United States about 30 years behind bars on charges of rape convict who, last month was released on the understanding that innocent by DNA.

    Henry James called the prisoner, prosecutors and lawyers work together as a result of the region, using the DNA of innocent people in prison without charge, to prevent tilt “Innocence Project” has been released to the testing and understanding of research reported in his innocence. Henry James, the judge who convicted him, Henry G. Sullivan was released a day after retirement.

    “Innocence Project” officials, they said, James, Louisiana, was sentenced to the longest-running state of the acquittal of the DNA test, he added.

    Henry James’ lawyer, Paul Killebrew also said his client is very happy, “Henry, seeing his family to undergo a very exciting time, the results of DNA testing for regional law firm to act decisively and correctly appreciate,” he said.

    50 year old Henry James, a Westwego’da in 1982 for raping a woman was sentenced to life in prison without the right to parole on the grounds.

  9. Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, “in Sirte in Libya, the National Transition Council’s forces realized after the operation, quickly create stability in the country and we hope to enable the transition process with the participation of all political forces. Ukraine, territorial integrity, democratic Libya” since the the statement said.

    National Transition Council expressed the wish for would establish the rule of law and democracy in Libya, Kiev, to avoid the actions of the supporters of Gaddafi’s regime, climate of dialogue for peace and unity and called for the provision.

    Ukraine, mutual friendship and cooperative relations between the two countries will continue in the future he believes the statement, “Despite all the difficulties during the transition, by staying in this country, ensuring the security of Ukrainian citizens demand that continues to aid the people of Libya,” the statement said.

    In Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, is contrary to international law by emphasizing the killing of Gaddafi, said the issue should go on.

  10. Tablet says:

    Professor Yannis Kouzis, “Trust not a trade union movement, gives ammunition to opponents. The trade unions should keep the initiative in the hands of outside intervention to protect the independence-protected and has to fight against political parties. Of course, this is not so easy,” Geoana said.

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  12. CLEVELAND (AP)Isaac Redman replaced an injured Rashard Mendenhall and ran fora touchdown as Pittsburgh limped into the AFC playoffs with a 13-9win Sunday over Cleveland, the Steelers’ 16th victory in 17 gamesagainst the Browns.Redman scored on a 7-yard run in the third quarter for theSteelers (12-4), who finished tied with Baltimore for first in theAFC North but lost the tiebreaker because the Ravens beat themtwice.The Steelers had to survive two fumbles by Redman in the secondhalf and a pass into the end zone by the Browns (4-12) on the finalplay that was batted down.Mendenhall hurt his right knee in the first quarter on a shortrun and didn’t return. His status for the postseason isunknown.Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for 221 yardson a severely sprained ankle.

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