10 Shevat 5778
26 January 2018
The Most Outrageous Quote of the Day:
“The pace of settlement construction skyrocketed making it almost impossible to make any kind of Palestinian state. Voting against the resolution would have damaged our credibility on affirming human rights only when it’s convenient, not when it has to do with ourselves and our friends. To be a true friend of Israel it is important to be honest about it, and the politics of this country sometimes do not allow for it.”
Former President Barack Obama speaking at Temple Emanu El Synagogue in New York last week on why he ordered the infamous U.S. abstention on UN Security Council Resolution 2334 in December of 2016–his last significant act as president.
What unmitigated horse manure.
The pace of settlement construction skyrocketed? Construction has been virtually frozen in the communities of Judea and Samaria for years.
Would have damaged our credibility on affirming human rights? The resolution had nothing to do with human rights–and, as we all know, there are no such things as human rights for Israelis in the United Nations.
To be a true friend of Israel it is important to be honest about it? To be a true friend of Israel means to be a true friend, not a person who will stab a friend in the back.
And the politics of this country sometimes do not allow for it? Well there you have it. It’s the old canard about Jews controlling everything–even what a President of the United States can say and do.
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
Palestinian terrorists attacked Israelis in Hevron between Gross Square and the Pharmacy Checkpoint, on the Gush Etzion-Jerusalem Road near Al Khader, in the Jordan Valley near Yitav, at the Horseshoe Junction in Binyamin beside Gush Talmonim, at Deir Ibiza, Nili, Khirbet Qalqis, Mt. Hevron, Anatot, Qalqilya, Al Aruv, Salfit, and Tekoa among other places.
Breaking News! The First Palestinian Discovered! . . .
Seriously, an astounding discovery has been made in the Misliya Cave in the Carmel area of northern Israel.
The upper jawbone of an adult male was found.
No big deal right?
The big deal is that the jawbone has been dated by multiple means to sometime between 177,000 and 194,000 years ago. It is the oldest human “fossil part” ever found outside of Africa, and suggests that humans may have originated in Africa 500,000 years ago–more than twice as long ago as previously believed.
In any case, it won’t be long until the Palestinians claim that this jawbone belongs to the first Palestinian–and from there it won’t be long until we discover that the first Africans were really Palestinians.
Do you think your humble servant is joking? Just wait.
The New Netanyahu-Trump Model for Peace?
Speaking at a Forum in Davos yesterday, PM Netanyahu unveiled a new “model for peace” between Israelis and Palestinians. Given the close connections between Netanyahu and Trump’s Middle East negotiators Jason Greenblatt and Jared Kushner, it is hard to believe that the idea Netanyahu floated has not been vetted with the Americans.
What is the model?
Let’s begin by importantly stating what it is not. It is not the two-state solution. It is not the tired old mantra of “two states living side by side in peace and security.”
At least not in the way that the phrase has been used.
What Netanyahu endorsed yesterday was a “totally self-governing” Palestinian autonomous area to be located in Gaza, Area A, Area B, and undoubtedly some of Area C of Judea and Samaria.
As for security, that would be Israel’s responsibility.
In reality, this model is, with small exceptions, what already exists. Gaza and Areas A and B are already Palestinian autonomous areas. Gaza has been completely run by the Palestinians since 2005. Areas A and B have been under Palestinian administration since the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993.
What would be different, presumably, is that a certain percentage of land in Area C would be added to the mix.
Insofar as security is concerned, Israel currently administers security to Areas B and C of Judea and Samaria. There are no security forces positioned in Area A or in Gaza. Though Netanyahu did not say so, it is highly doubtful that Israel would want to go back to being in charge of security in Area A of Judea and Samaria–which is where the bulk of the Palestinian population lives.
So where does Netanyahu’s new model for peace leave us? It leaves us with the Palestinians probably acquiring some increment of land from Area C, but that’s about it. The new model for peace is essentially an iteration of the status quo.
And as such is dead on arrival with the Palestinians. Already infuriated by President Trump’s continual reference to Jerusalem being “off the table”, there is no way that the Palestinians will agree to any Model for Peace that does not include Jerusalem as their capital or, more importantly, Israel as a home for their 5 million so-called “refugees.” The Palestinians will never agree to recognize Israel as “a Jewish country.”
Of course, Netanyahu knows this.
It just awaits President Trump finding it out.