The impending release of the first groups of terrorist prisoners of the one-hundred-four terrorist prisoners numbering twenty-six prisoners most of which are serving life or multiple life sentences and have Israeli blood on their hands is scheduled to take place before any real progress has been made. In return for their release the Palestinians have agreed to return to negotiations without any guarantee that they intend to reach any guaranteed results. If there has been any message the Israelis could deduce from statements and history of previous series of negotiations it would be that the Palestinians will remain in the negotiations until either they have glean every conceivable concessions which can be extracted from the Israelis at the current time or until they are actually called upon to make a concessions or fulfill a guarantee or stipulation to the Israelis at which point they will walk-out of the negotiations and stipulate unreasonably extreme demands of Israel before they will return to negotiations. These demands are ones they know full well that the Israelis will never agree to making and, for the most part, nobody would expect such concessions from the Israelis, at least not yet. Some examples are but not limited to, accept the right of return of five million plus Palestinian refugees into Israel providing them with suitable properties commensurate with those they claim they left in 1948 and also granting them citizenship, surrender all of East Jerusalem including the entire Old City and Temple Mount, allow the Palestinians open borders including free import of weaponry and training rights with other national armies, or combination demands such as building freeze in all of the contested lands and ending the embargo on Gaza completely including opening the Gaza City port and Gaza City International Airport. When Israel refuses to meet such demands then the Palestinians can claim that it was Israeli intransigence which brought the end to the negotiations and the Palestinians had simply called on Israel to make good on their obligations as expected by the Palestinians as they had made these requests multiple times in previous negotiations. Then we can expect the European, Arab, Muslim, Russian, and leftist mainstream media all restating the Palestinian position often times exactly word for word joining in on the condemnations of Israel for refusing to negotiate with good intentions and to show an honest desire for a real peace which Israel must realize they will need to make some sacrifices.
During this new round of negotiations the Israelis have been cajoled and pressured into releasing the aforementioned one-hundred-four terrorists who were serving life sentences in stages as the negotiations show progress which will be determined by United States Secretary of State John Kerry who will obviously be taking some of his directions from President Obama. Since all that Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama are focused on during these negotiations are the twin ends; the formation of a Palestinian state and a Nobel Peace Prize, an unprecedented second one for President Obama. Nowhere on either of their radars is any concern for a viable or defendable Israel and if anything along those lines is within their collective aims it would be a completely vulnerable Israel as that would make Israel totally dependent upon the rest of the world to keep them safe, an expectation which has little possibility of fulfillment. These are the reasons that Israel must change the methodology of the peace negotiations if they are going to protect their interests as it is obvious that few others who are directing these negotiations if any have Israeli interests within their list of necessary conditions to be achieved or even considered.
The new methodologies which Israel needs to insist become the new parameters for all of their negotiations with the Palestinians beginning immediately consists that Israel will no longer make any concession simply to entice the Palestinians to negotiate as this has proven to be counterproductive and has resulted in every instance as making concessions and receiving absolutely nothing in return. Furthermore, should attacks and other acts of terrorism be committed then negotiations will be delayed until a full week has passed without incident. Whenever there are breakthroughs or other advances made during negotiations, Israel will not commit to making any concessions until the advances or breakthrough agreements have been codified and signed by both sides in the form of a formal treaty binding on both parties. This is necessitated due to the practice of the Palestinians seeming to agree to take actions or allowances only to renounce any intention to meet these items when they leave the negotiations unless Israel meets other demands which were not part of agreements. By making each point, concession, accord, compromise or other forms of agreement codified and specifically defined including the obligations and rights of both sides and placing these definitions and agreements into formal treaty framing replete with a legal and proper signing before committing to acting on any concession, Israel will finally be assuring they are no longer making concessions after concession and receiving no return. This has been practices so extensively since the Oslo Accords were finalized in 1993 that the items left to negotiate are far fewer and Israel has compromised themselves almost to the point of complete surrender. The proof is the facts on the ground such as Gaza has been returned to Palestinian control, the Palestinian Authority has complete autonomy over Area A and acts as a semiautonomous body in area B and the two sides have come to a place where the only items remaining to be negotiated are the final core issues. Should Israel take this approach to negotiating then there will be real achievements and each concession will finally actually be a step towards peace and not just a further fleecing of Israel. This is a solution that would add validity to the negotiating which would force the two sides to make actual progress and if such results failed to be produced, the party refusing to negotiate in good faith will become easily determined. This is the only way that will produce progressive steps towards a final solution and put an end to the farcical ruse that has been perpetrated and tragically been passed off as a peace process.
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