UPDATES 7 pm Israel time, Monday, April 7 2014:
*Twenty four hours of Palestinian terrorism: last night, two Molotov cocktails were thrown at Israeli security personnel at the entrance to Mt. Scopus; this morning, two terrorists attempted to place and detonate an IED on the Gaza border fence; this afternoon, “rock” throwers struck in and around Hebron and Tekoa.
From today’s Jerusalem Post: “The top negotiators from Israel and the Palestinian Authority held a ‘serious and beneficial’ meeting Sunday night in an effort to rescue the stalled peace process, an American official was quoted as telling Israel Radio on Monday.”
Later reports from various sources indicated that the subject of the meeting was what Livni and Israel could give the Palestinians to keep them at the so-called “negotiating table” until April 29th. Keeping the “peace process” alive has become more important than “peace” itself.
In fact, keeping the peace process alive in the Israeli-Palestinian context is very similar to the West’s “negotiations” with Iran about its nuclear program. More than a decade of contacts between the West and Iran has produced nothing and has provided Iran with a cover to continue its program, and has provided the West with a cover to continue doing business with Iran (except for an interlude of faux sanctions). For the West, “process” is everything.
Insofar as the Israeli-Palestinian “process” is concerned, FM Avigdor Lieberman emerged as the power behind the scenes last week informing Netanyahu that if the 4th Palestinian murderer release went forward, he would immediately move for new elections. This threat was enough to shake some sense into Netanyahu.
This morning, Lieberman–who is suddenly speaking out more–announced that Israel would no longer give into Palestinian blackmail and that Kerry’s proposed “framework agreement” is dead. Lieberman’s suddenly aggressive stance regarding the “peace process” almost certainly spells the end of Tzipi Livni’s quest to give more concessions to the PLO.
In your humble servant’s opinion, that is a wonderful development.