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Einat Wilf, a former Labor party member of Israel’s parliament, writes that she doesn’t share the indifference of many Israelis about the new round of peace talks – she fears the negotiations. Every time there are talks, she says, Israelis end up dying and being forced to kill in a new cycle of violence because, good intentions notwithstanding, there is no appetite for the give and take that peace will require.
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I listen in dread to the men who tell me how important it is that negotiations resume. I listen to the analysts, politicians and retired security chiefs argue in baritone voices, their confidence unmarred by years of being wrong, that the stalemate in the peace talks was dangerous, that the status quo could not endure and that a third bloody intifada was about to break out if negotiations did not resume.
Monday, August 5th, 2013 at 8:59 AM | Stand For Israel
During a parliamentary debate which took place this Wednesday in the Israeli Knesset, Arab Member of Knesset (MK) Jamal Zahalka stood at the podium and declared: “We [Palestinians] were here [in Israel] before you, and we will be here after you.” Moments later, Prime Minister Netanyahu took the microphone and shot back at Zahalka, “The first part [of your statement] is not true and the second will never take place,” slamming his hand on the podium as he walked back to his seat.Comments (30) »
Thursday, August 1st, 2013 at 3:24 PM | Stand For Israel
Lee Smith, writing at The Weekly Standard, writes that the peace process is in an unfortunately slow death spiral. The parties no longer believe in it and other regional parties pretend to believe in it while knowing better. Only Washington and Europe seem to still think there is a viable, realist peace to be made or, as Smith suggests, they’re using the peace process to feed their own vanity.
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The peace process has entered its mannerist phase—it is nothing but a series of empty elegant formalisms. Does Martin Indyk, Kerry’s newly named Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, really need to add a sequel to his memoirs of the peace process, Innocent Abroad—Again? This is among the most cynical initiatives in the annals of American diplomacy, for Kerry sought a peace process against the wishes of the White House he serves.
Thursday, August 1st, 2013 at 8:01 AM | Stand For Israel
Jeffrey Goldberg, writing in Bloomberg, is a peace process kind of guy. He believes that a negotiated settlement is possible – at least in theory – and necessary to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So the fact that he can come up with seven enormous sticking points in the latest round of talks is a telling sign of how questionable the whole charade is.
Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must be persuaded to trust each other. As Avi Issacharoff writes in the Times of Israel, “Abbas believes Netanyahu is unwilling to make peace, while Netanyahu believes Abbas is unable to. Both are sending out pessimistic vibes, giving those around them the feeling that nothing much will come of all this. This can be seen in their decision to send representatives to Washington instead of holding a high-level summit.”
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Thursday, August 1st, 2013 at 7:43 AM | Stand For Israel
The Palestinian Authority (P.A.) demanded it … the U.S. applied pressure … Israel reluctantly agreed … and now 104 Palestinian terrorists with blood on their hands are set to be released from Israeli prisons. It won’t happen all at once. Some will be let go immediately, while others will be held until further progress is made in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks (so, given the success rate of previous talks, it’s likely that all 104 will never be free). And, while the guidelines for the prisoner release deal have not been made public, many Israelis – especially those who lost loved ones in murderous acts committed by the terrorists who are up for release – are fuming over the decision.Comments (30) »
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 at 1:50 PM | Stand For Israel
“In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli — civilian or soldier — on our lands,” Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday.
As Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were beginning preliminary “peace” meetings in Washington, the Palestinian president was telling an Egyptian reporter that under no circumstances would he ever allow any Jews to remain “on our lands.” That he considers “his” lands to be everything from the sea to the Jordan River – in other words, all of modern Israel – is a matter of record. But let’s, for the sake of argument, pretend that he was referring to a Palestinian state located somewhere in the West Bank and Gaza. The Palestinian position has always been that every single Jew must be removed from such a state. Now, a normal person might wonder why anyone – Jewish or Muslim – would want to live under the corrupt and dictatorial rule of the PA. But let’s say, again for the sake of argument, that the 500-800 Jews living in Hebron – the burial place of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob where Jews have lived more or less continuously for around 3000 years – want to stay. Why do they have to leave? If they’re willing to live according to the laws of their country – as do Arab-Israelis – why can’t they remain in a future country of Palestine? (more…)Comments (44) »
Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 at 7:30 AM | Stand For Israel
Herb Keinon, a columnist for the Jerusalem Post, makes a terrific point: watch the welcome home received by the soon-to-be-released Palestinian terrorists. Most are craven murderers but they’ll be welcomed back with parades and celebration. Most of the world won’t pay attention, but Israelis will. And how is Israel to discuss peace when people who kill seniors and children are feted as heroes?
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Israel’s release of the Palestinian prisoners will be trumpeted around the world as an Israeli “confidence building” measure. And that is part of the problem. The Palestinians, backed by the world, consistently demand that Israel build up their confidence. But how about Israeli confidence? What is being done to rebuild an Israeli confidence trampled by the second intifada and stomped upon by the thousands of rockets that fell on Israel after it withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005? What are the Palestinians doing to convince Israelis that something fundamental has changed, and that they do want to live in peace and security next to Israel, not on top of it?
Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 at 8:27 AM | Stand For Israel