Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday called on the Palestinian Authority to “stop wasting time talking about how to enter the peace process,” following a failed meeting between the U.S. Mideast envoy and the Palestinian Authority president regarding a restart of peace talks.
Wasting time? Who’s been wasting time since 1967? Who’s had numerous opportunties to negotiate an end to this conflict but has stalled at every juncture? Who to this day ignores viable peace initiatives like the Saudi Plan or the Geneva Initiative?
Have the Palestinians made their share of missteps? Certainly. But for this guy to get up there and act as if he’s bent out of shape because the Palestinians are wasting precious time instead of entering negotiations is the height of audacity–and it ain’t the audacity of hope either.
The audacity continues in this self-serving statement:
“The Palestinian Authority are the ones that are preventing the re-launch of the peace process with their preconditions that they have never asked before from any previous Israeli government,” the statement said. “The Prime Minister calls on the Palestinian Authority to sit at the negotiating table and discuss ways to promote security, peace, and prosperity for the two people.”
Abbas’ “condition” is a real settlement freeze. Is Bibi saying this was never a demand of the PA? No, because it has always been one. Is he saying it has never been a precondition of previous negotiations? Perhaps. But look at the wasted year Abbas spent negotiating with Olmert when he offered no preconditions. What did he get out of it? A warmed over Clinton parameters offer with no provision for resolving Jerusalem or the Right of Return. Maybe Abbas got wise and realized when you demand nothing from the Israelis you get nothing.
Anyway, Bibi, stop grandstanding. It only makes you look like the emperor with no clothes, and the sight ain’t pretty.
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