Arad: Netanyahu ready to accept ’67 lines with swaps – SHOCKING

A few months ago I wrote The US should cut a deal with Israel and end the conflict and I wasn’t joking but knew it wouldn’t be.

What the US should be doing instead of forcing Israel to meet the PA terms, is to reach an agreement with Israel on refugees, borders, security and Jerusalem. Then the US would recognize such borders and get the EU to do likewise and Israel would withdraw to such borders. Thus the occupation would be ended and there would be no conflict between them and Israel.

But Arad’s deal is way off the mark. Ted Belman

Arad: In lieu of accord with the Palestinians, Israel should negotiate with the Quartet

By HERB KEINON

    Arad described Netanyahu’s acceptance of the formula of land exchanges and borders based on the pre-1967 lines – even if Israel would add reservations to the notion – as a “major qualitative and quantitative change” in the prime minister’s position.

meeting2In exchange for “unilateral redeployment” in W. Bank, Israel could demand from Quartet a quid pro quo that should include no boycotts, other incentives.

If the Palestinians are unable or unwilling to take the steps needed to conclude an accord with Jerusalem, Israel should try to negotiate an interim agreement with the Quartet, former National Security Council head Uzi Arad said on Tuesday.

“If we cannot come to a negotiated agreement [with the Palestinians], let’s do an agreement with the Quartet,” he said. Arad described the Quartet – a body that represents the international community and made up of the US, Russia, EU and UN – as “an interesting grouping” that only deals with Mideast issues.

In exchange for “unilateral redeployment” in the West Bank, Israel could demand from the Quartet a quid pro quo that should include no boycotts, sanctions and divestments; a recognition that Israel has acted in good faith; that it “made unilateral concessions beyond the call of duty;” and that it will be rewarded with no “hostile diplomatic, economic or legal action” by the Quartet members.

Speaking at a briefing at the Jerusalem Press Club, Arad said an agreement with the Quartet would be preferable to the types of unilateral moves some are suggesting now, whereby Israel would define for itself what its security and national interests are, and withdraw to those lines. Among those who have recently proposed variations of unilateral steps in the West Bank are former Military Intelligence head Amos Yadlin, now head of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, and Michael Oren, former ambassador to Washington.

Arad, who served as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s national security adviser from 2009 to 2011, said an agreement with the Quartet would not preclude a future agreement with the Palestinians, or other interim accords and transitional steps, but would diminish the Palestinians’ ability to keep Israel on the defensive in the international arena by continuously refusing to reach a deal.

According to Arad, the Palestinians’ strategy is to continuously put Israel on the defense, score points in the international arena, and deprive Israel of an agreement it “very badly needs and wants” in order to improve their negotiation position in the future.

The Palestinians had no strategic interest in crowning US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent efforts with success, Arad said, because that would remove the international pressure on Israel that the Palestinians feel will move Israel to be more pliable.

By striking a deal with the Quartet, Israel would deprive the Palestinians of this leverage.

Arad said that during the Kerry- brokered negotiations, Netanyahu was “close to accepting a formula he never accepted before, and would be quite a departure for him.” That formula, Arad said, was that the border between Israel and a future Palestinian state would be based on the June 4, 1967, lines, with territorial swaps.

Arad said that accepting the idea of land swaps, even if they were not one-to-one swaps, removed the argument that Israeli settlement policies in the West Bank were part of a “land grab,” since any land beyond the Green Line that Israel would retain would be offset by land inside the Green Line that it would be asked to “swap” with the Palestinians.

Arad described Netanyahu’s acceptance of the formula of land exchanges and borders based on the pre-1967 lines – even if Israel would add reservations to the notion – as a “major qualitative and quantitative change” in the prime minister’s position.

This was not met, however, by any concession on the Palestinian side, he said, because of a basic lack of interest in reaching an agreement at this time.

Regarding Palestinian recognition of Israel as the national home of the Jewish people, Arad said that Israel was very capable of determining its own identity. The issue was important, he stressed, as a “test of Palestinian intent that goes to the heart of the problem,” which is whether they accept Israel’s legitimacy here at all.

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  1. The West and the IL left pushing BB to compromise on the survival of the state. All these games are intended on weakening IL and its people. What moral,ethical or legal argument do the Muslims, who own 57 states, and the West believe they have to deny to the Jews the right to their state? Why is BB giving in little by little.

  2. The Palestinians will never accept any Israeli offer of peace. The Palestinians will only accept the destruction of Israel and the extermination of the Jewish People. It makes no difference what Israel or Netanyahu offers, the Palestinians only want Israel and the Jews gone, nothing less will suffice.

  3. @ yamit82:

    He knows full well the Quartet will never accept any territory Israel might offer to surrender without knowing if Israel will give up more down the road. And if Israel is not willing to do that? It ain’t happening.

    Its one of the most stupid trial balloons I’ve ever seen. And while the Arabs would be delighted by Israel’s surrender, it won’t be enough for them.

    Which is exactly the point. One would think Arad of all people would grasp it.

  4. Regarding Palestinian recognition of Israel as the national home of the Jewish people, Arad said that Israel was very capable of determining its own identity. The issue was important, he stressed,

    as a “test of Palestinian intent that goes to the heart of the problem,” which is whether they accept Israel’s legitimacy here at all.

    This guy a BB hater is Brain Dead.

    Another Test????

    How many Tests must they be given and fail to prove a point??

    If Arads suggestion is implemented and also fails then what?

    Another Test???

    And then another till they finally pass one?

    I think Uzi Arad’s animus towards BB has gotten the better of him and that this Trial Balloon is meant to embarrass BB and put coalition pressure on him.

  5. “made unilateral concessions beyond the call of duty

    Israel has already made too many concessions beyond the call of duty. All it accomplished was to put the Jewish State in graver danger!!

  6. Arad is another mealy mouth fool. What is the motive for this insane rush to give away land out of Israeli control? Insane, stupid, disingenuous, corrupt?
    This suggestion is hysterical!
    Unless Israel gets MORE control and more land, it should do nothing.
    Arad is one of those who believe that manna flows from the international community. He seeks to go begging his masters, with cap in hand, for their blessings. This ludicrous fool never noticed that everything that flowed from the international community did Israel and Jews NO GOOD!

  7. Uzi Arad is a fool! Israel in effect would put itself voluntarily in an indefensible position and turn the greater part of Israel into Sderot writ large in exchange for guarantees from the Quartet that he knows full are not worth the paper they’d be printed on. And for all of this Israel would lose strategic depth, have to implement the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Jews from their homes and would not even get peace in exchange – all because Israel is too weak to stand up to a Jew-hating world. If Israel really does this, there is no point to Israel’s survival. Arad’s comments amply confirm the greatest danger to Israel’s continued existence isn’t the Arabs – its suicidal Jewish stupidity of the kind displayed by Arad and his ilk amongst the Israeli elite.