As I predicted, Haaretz is reporting that by Saturday, Fatah will meet and decide to abandon U.S. brokered Israel-Palestine peace talks due to Bibi Netnayahu’s refusal to extend a settlement freeze. It’s the only way this could’ve gone.
Now, what I’m wondering about is whether a clamor from the world community on the death of the talks may rouse Bibi from his torpor to graciously offer the Palestinians a two month moratorium. I note that the Arab League plans to bring the issue to the Security Council hoping to exert even greater pressure on Israel. The urgency of such an action was exacerbated by the breathtakingly obtuse UN speech delivered by Lieberman in which he essentially offered the world community a warmed over Kahanist solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict: move the borders so that most of Israel’s current Palestinian citizens will be forcibly expelled to Palestine, thus allowing Israel to absorb all of the current settlers squatting on privately owned Palestinian lands, of course including his own settlement “hometown,” Nokdim. The idea that an Israeli prime minister would send his foreign minister to such a world forum to spit in the face of every Arab or Muslim nation in the body is simply…astounding.
While this far-right government is almost deaf to international criticism, it does retain some residual sense of hearing when the din grows especially loud (cf. Goldstone Report). So perhaps Bibi will acquiesce after a suitable interval. If he does, he will, of course, do so with an exaggerated bow in Obama’s direction as if doing it only for the sake of memsahib. And this will be revolting.