UPDATES 8 am Israel time, Thursday, October 24 2013:
As of today, Jonathan Pollard has been in prison for 10,200 days. In November, he will enter his 29th year in prison.
In a world which demands that Israel release terrorist murderers by the hundreds after they have served miniscule portions of their life sentences–how can you explain the madness of keeping Pollard incarcerated?
**Benjamin Netanyahu was back in his delusional world yesterday. Meeting in Rome with John Kerry, Netanyahu “exacted” yet another meaningless promise from the Obama Administration that it is not going to enter into an “unverifiable” agreement with the Iranians.
What a joke.
Even though no agreement has been written, it has already been signed. Neither the Obama Administration nor the other democracies in the West has the stomach for continuing sanctions on Iran much less attacking Tehran. And everyone seems to know it except Netanyahu. The sight of him preening like a peacock at his supposed “achievement” yesterday was pathetically sad.
**Israel’s Justice Minister and chief conceder to the Palestinians, Tzipi Livni, delivered this message of utter pusillanimity to Jewish members of the U.S. Congress yesterday: “In a situation where there is no political settlement and political stagnation, we can not hope for entrepreneurs and investors to come to Israel to invest here, their skills and their money. The reality is that without political agreement we may find the state of Palestine forced upon us, and instead of protecting the interests of Israel – security, national, social and economic – within negotiations, we find that the reality imposed does not contain the vital interests us.”
How wrong can Livni be? Entrepreneurs and investors have been flocking to Israel during the last two decades of political stagnation and lack of a political settlement. We may find the state of Palestine forced on us? The world already believes that there is a Palestine. The degree to which Israel accedes to that belief is an issue solely determined by Israelis. No one can force anything on us.
**More than two tons of olives grown in Jewish olive groves near Kedumim have been stolen by Arabs during the last week. Witnesses to the continued thievery have contacted Israeli security personnel to no avail.
**Remember the terrorist who was killed yesterday in a cave near Bil’in? Islamic Jihadist Mohammed A’Atzi had been one of the chief planners of the Tel Aviv bus bomb attack last November. By last night, PLO Chairman and unelected Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had published a public letter of condolences in which he spoke about how much “pain” Atzi’s death had caused him, and that Atzi was killed “by a gang of the army of occupation.”
Of course, Atzi’s family will immediately be put on the PLO dole and will begin receiving thousands of American and European tax dollars each month for Atzi’s “heroic action”.
As your humble servant has mentioned on numerous occasions, the Palestinians are on the verge of receiving everything they wanted from the current Israel concession talks. And what they wanted was the release of Palestinian terrorists–especially those terrorists who have been incarcerated since before 1995.
Once the latest batch is released next week, most of those terrorists will be back on the street.
And so, it should come as no surprise to hear Mahmoud Abbas beginning to play the blame game for ending the “talks” on his tour through Europe this week.
Yesterday, Abbas was in Latvia, the country that will begin to serve as European Union representative in December. Here are a portion of Abbas’ remarks:
“If the talks fail it will be because of Israel, and Israel will bear the responsibility for the failure . . . After signing a peace agreement, there will not be an Israeli presence on our land . . . We want to manage Palestine under the Oslo Accords with a strong police force . . .”
So let’s see . . . no Israeli (read “Jewish”) presence on “our” land; no demilitarization with a “strong police force” armed like an army; no mention of Israel as a Jewish country. . . no compromises at all–and the failure of the talks will be because of Israel.
In case you may have forgotten, Abbas is merely following the PLO template made by Saeb Erekat, long-time chief Palestinian negotiator. Back on September 9, 2008, he told his minions how they should respond to Ehud Olmert’s peace offer: “Whatever we propose, make sure that (a) we are not blamed, (b) negotiations are uninterrupted, and (c) no submission is made that we cannot retract.”
Of course in 2008, the Palestinians did not respond to the Israeli offer at all.
This is the way that all “negotiations” with the Palestinians have always worked. Beg the Palestinians to come to the negotiations table by offering them incentives and gestures, then give them even more concessions and gestures in return for nothing to keep them at the table, and then watch them walk out while “negotiations” are going on– while blaming Israel.