By Ted Belman
I am fed up with Bibi. He continually thwarts right wing initiatives and Jerusalem building plans. Plus he continues to toy with another peace process presently being demanded by Kerry.
No doubt he will negotiate with the EU also to prevent their sanctions.
Both Yesha Council and Habayit Yehudit (Bennett’s party) pressed him to lift the freeze on planning and construction. In previous confrontations Bibi said ““You have no greater defender than me. I am fighting for you. But there are international constraints and you are familiar with them.”
That’s the crux of the problem. Bibi is accepting international constraints rather than biting the bullet.
By the way, these constraints are not insignificant. EU threatens to impose sanctions, The US shut down Ben Gurion Airport for a day and stopped the resupply of munitions during Gaza War. For all we know the US pressure on Israel may have been instrumental in ending the war when it did.
I should point out that the US was pissed that Bibi froze them out of a ceasefire role. But miraculously they came back with a vengeance in participating in the Donor’s Conference. And Bibi also reversed his policy in embargoing Gaza and made it in line with what the US had been demanding. My guess is that Obama forced Bibi to cave.