UPDATES 7 pm Israeli time, Friday, January 31 2014:
Two more rockets have been fired by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza at the men, women, and children of southern Israel. The IDF spokesman’s office issued its usual blather about “the rockets hit open spaces”. Even though your humble servant always points out how untrue blather like this is, a photograph of one of the rocket impact points last night makes the point more clearly:
Now that John Kerry’s “framework for peace negotiations” is virtually complete and ready for publication, there is considerable discussion about just whose framework it is.
To hear Benjamin Netanyahu tell it, the framework is entirely an “American” set of principles which Israel has no obligation to follow. To hear everyone else tell it, American and Israeli “negotiators” have been feverishly putting the final touches on the framework.
No doubt the second version is true, and while Netanyahu may be trying to fool the rest of us into believing that he is somehow not bound by the framework, the truth is that to a large degree he is.
And the new news today has been that now that we know the details of the framework courtesy of U.S. “negotiator” Martin Indyk, government officials from the United States, Russia, the United Nations, and the European Union will be meeting in Munich tomorrow to determine how they can best give the negotiations a push. The group will be chaired by none other than the Baroness Buffoon herself, European FM Catherine Ashton.
To put it a different way, the group will draw up another set of threats to be used against Israel in order to extract more concession. Israelis can expect to see more intimidation in the form of threatened boycotts, divestments, and sanctions.
Isn’t it appropriate that the meeting will be taking place in Munich where Adolf Hitler began his rise to power–a rise that began with a call for a boycott of the Jews.