UPDATES 7 pm Israel time Thursday:
More violence in Samaria overnight: an Israeli bus was riddled with bullets by Palestinian terrorists near Hawara–fortunately there were no physical injuries among the passengers. Further north, a terrorist was captured near Jenin loaded with weapons and explosive devices.
Great news today! The Palestinian leadership has announced that it is willing to return to the Israeli concessions table. Palestinian negotiator Nabil Shaath and Palestinian Religious Affairs Minister Mahmoud Al-Habash announced that the PLO is willing to do so without preconditions–except for the following “minor” points:
*Israel agrees to negotiate on the basis of the 1967 borders
*Israel agrees to freeze “settlements”
*Israel agrees to free “political prisoners”
*Israel agrees to make no changes to the Temple Mount
So let’s get this straight. All Israel has to do is:
*Agree to negotiate on the basis of the 1949 Armistice Lines–otherwise known as the “Auschwitz lines”
*Agree to stop building Jewish homes, schools, and health clinics in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria–all areas steeped in Jewish history and in which the Palestinians have never had sovereignty
*Agree to put hundreds of Palestinian terrorists back on the street where they can continue to attack and kill Israelis–as have numerous other terrorists who have been released
*Agree to absolutely prohibit Jews from entering Judaism’s holiest site–and especially from praying or displaying any sort of nationalistic Israeli loyalty there (this is a new “non-precondition” from the Palestinians)
No problem. The concessions can begin immediately. We should have peace within the week. By the following week, the Syrian civil war will stop; Hezbollah will lay down its arms; Iran will abandon its nuclear program; the Muslim Brotherhood will turn over power to the democratic movement in Egypt—the whole Islamic world will be at peace.
Your humble servant can hardly wait.