Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is once again having hallucinations about the Israeli Palestinian peace process impasse. With the formation of a super coalition unity government in the Israeli Knesset, she has made a call for direct negotiations to be resumed between the two sides. Her implication is that the cause there have yet to be direct negotiations is exactly the reasons Mahmoud Abbas has been pretending is at the root that Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli government refuse to come to the table. Of course whenever Prime Minister Netanyahu offers to hold negotiations without preconditions, President Abbas immediately shoots down the offer demanding that Israel meet his list of preconditions which include virtually every Palestinian side of the debate which are the final status issues. These include but are not limited to accepting the 1949 Armistice Lines as the border, Building Freeze in all of Judea and Samaria until conclusion of negotiations, East Jerusalem as the Palestinian Capital, surrender of the entirety of the Old City of Jerusalem including the Temple Mount and the Kotel (Western Wall and Plaza), removal of every single Jew from the lands which are given to form Palestine, release of all Palestinian prisoners including even terrorists serving multiple life sentences, and complete “Right of Return” for the five million plus Palestinian refugees listed by UNRWA. In response Prime Minister once floated a single precondition for the Palestinian side to agree with which Mahmoud Abbas and numerous Palestinian spokespersons immediately reacted in a vehement rage bordering on violent refusing to grant recognition of Israel as the State for the Jewish People.
Let’s allow everybody to decide for themselves exactly what Secretary of State Clinton was implying in her press conference. Here is the link to the entire transcript. And here is the excerpt which we took from the entire conference which we found most interesting.
“Well, Brad, the United States believes there is no substitute for direct talks between the parties. It is the only route to achieving what has long been not only a Palestinian goal and an American goal, but an Israeli goal, which are two states living side by side in peace and security. We have discouraged unilateral action from both sides, and in fact, we think that this new coalition government in Israel provides the best opportunity in several years to reach such a negotiated agreement. In fact, when the coalition was formed, there were four pillars of agreement, and one of them was pursuing the two-state solution. So we very much want to encourage the Israelis and the Palestinians to do that, and in fact, they have recently exchanged letters, from President Abbas to President – to Prime Minister Netanyahu, and Prime Minister Netanyahu to President Abbas that have outlined the conditions for dialogue. And in recent weeks, I’ve called both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas urging them to take this opportunity, to use this new opening that has come about because of the broad coalition that now exists that has pledged itself to pursuing a negotiated resolution. And we’re going to continue to urge them to do so…. So we believe that there is an opportunity for direct negotiations, and we hope it was enhanced by the release of bodies today by the Israelis of Palestinians whom they had either killed or who had been suicide bombers going back many years as a sign of confidence building. But they need to get to the table and start dealing with all the very hard issues we know have to be resolved.”
I really cannot hold this perceptual problem solely against Secretary of State Clinton as she shares this phobia with a rather large set of people. Currently leading the field of delusional politicians is very likely Lady Catherine Ashton, Foreign Minister of the European Union. Sharing top honors are, of course, President Obama; former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone; not surprisingly, Mahmoud Abbas; the Leader of Hezballah, Hassan Nasrallah; President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Grand Ayatollah of Iran, Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei; and anybody vying for high office in the new Egypt which almost goes without saying. Of course there are numerous others who easily make the complete list but you already know a host of them without my needing to list them. It never ceases to amaze me how far some will go in twisting logic claiming that obviously the lack of peace is because Israel has refused to make sufficient compromise. My challenge is usually to inquire exactly what one thing have the Palestinians ever compromised on and actually made the commitment. When I get the usual answer that they gave up their country and the Jews stole their lands I do not even argue. At that point I realize that such a person and I have diametrically opposed world views on this subject, and very likely many, many more. I learned a long time ago that no matter what point I might bring up their answer will always be, “But it is their land.” It must be so comforting to only need to memorize one line and have that serve as your complete argument, and often their entire knowledge, on a subject.
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