Netanyahu defers to Livni

Livni is proposing a dangerous course. She is playing into the hands of the two staters. I am sure Israel will be asked to make concession in the peace process as part of the cease fire deal. That’s what Livni wants. The truth of the matter is that Hamas will keep firing. Whether Israel likes it or not, she simply cannot turn her back on the problem hoping Hamas will stop firing rockets. And the US will put enormous pressure on israel to enter negotiations. Israel is far from home free. Ted Belman

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni is behind Israel’s decision to embark on a different diplomatic approach to Gaza, one that will strengthen more moderate forces and leave Hamas in the cold.

By Barak Dvid, HAARETZ

Unless something dramatic happens, most of the Israel Defense Forces troops will be leaving the Gaza Strip in coming days. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet ministers are hoping that, after almost three weeks of being battered in Gaza, Hamas will be sufficiently deterred to stop launching missiles at Israel.

But the cabinet decision to embark on a unilateral cease-fire is only the first and relatively easy part of ending the war in Gaza.

The second, more difficult, part is the diplomatic process. Instead of exhausting negotiations mediated by the Egyptians that will grant Hamas a series of achievements, Israel will try to create another solution. A solution that will take advantage of the common interests that have developed between Israel and the countries in the region, which will strengthen the more moderate forces and perhaps provide an opening for progress in the peace process.

The cabinet member encouraging this move is Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is averse to any arrangement with Hamas. Already during Operation Cast Lead in 2009, she successfully opposed Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who favored such a move. This time, only after the Hamas violation of the cease-fire on Friday was she able to convince Netanyahu to seek a different diplomatic solution for the crisis in Gaza.

The guiding principles must include establishing the idea of demilitarizing the Gaza Strip of rockets and heavy weapons; a continuation of the struggle against arms smuggling; a mechanism for monitoring the entry into Gaza of building materials, money and materials from which war material can be produced; restoring a Palestinian Authority presence in Gaza – first of all at the Rafah crossing or the crossings into Israel; and a significant process of rehabilitation and development in Gaza.

Livni believes that, along with the unilateral conclusion of military activity, the diplomatic activity should be multilateral. The United States, Egypt, the PA, the United Nations and the major European countries must be sitting around the pot when the process is cooked up. But not Hamas. After all the participants agree on the principles of the process, the plan can be turned into a binding UN Security Council decision. That would be a diplomatic achievement that would serve the interests of Egypt and the PA.

Netanyahu isn’t there yet. He isn’t a big fan of UN Security Council decisions. On the other hand, as a former ambassador to the United Nations, he knows that the alternative is liable to be a decision that won’t serve Israel’s interests and that will be forced on it.

Instead of a diplomatic holding battle and resorting to the American veto, Israel can initiate. The present composition of the Security Council is the most suitable for such a step.

The hottest name in the cabinet discussions in recent weeks was that of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Communications Minister Gilad Erdan, who in the past year described him as not being a partner for peace, are suddenly pointing to him as a major partner in any agreement in Gaza. And the Palestinian reconciliation government, which until recently was described in Jerusalem as a terror government, has become a body with which Israel wants to cooperate.

Netanyahu and many in his government came to their senses during the war in Gaza. They now have a profound understanding of the difference between Abbas and Hamas. Saturday night, Netanyahu said that when the battles are over, new diplomatic options will be open to Israel.

August 3, 2014 | 10 Comments »

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  1. It is high time to give BB a rest. He brought the country
    through a perilous time but now is back to his old ways
    of conciliation. A change of leadership is needed, one who
    doesn’t put itself in the hands of Leftist’s. A strong
    Nationalist leader like Feiglin or Bennett would do wonders for the country.

  2. If you do not destroy evil, it will consume you and it shows a lack of faith, perversion, spite and a rejection Of The One who commanded you to destroy it!

    And Jews wonder why rockets keep falling down on their cities. DUH

  3. The tunnels took ten years to be built, BEFORE Hamas took control. On which planet do these excuses for leaderst think the Arabs will stop firing rockets. Forget Hamas, all the same.

    So, Question.Does anyone know what it is that the US has on Israel, that it can force Israel to do its bidding?

  4. Livni trust Abbas and the Pal the way Bush & Obama trusted Putin. She must know something that no one else knows. Abbas and his team will not make any sacrifice for peace. Hamas will continue to terrorize its own people and Iran will help.

  5. So many liberals or so called progressives are delusional; cannot discern accurately between evil and good or right and wrong!!!

    Many people are misled after being misinformed by the mass media which repeatedly shows the death of children and women without showing the kindness of Israel that ships necessity stuff to Gaza even during the current warfare and the psychological impact caused by terrorists.
    unless Gazans see an undeniable fact that Hamas is totally defeated it is easy for Hamas to declare victory to have more recruits for its nefarious and criminal ambitions and acts against Israel.
    This should be the time for all of those in Israeli leadership to show unity more than ever.

  6. with all the roundabouts and in and outs and going in circles it still looks to me that the endgame will be the installation of the PA in gaza and it will start with the border controls.

  7. Aha! We are now in safe hands, la livni is at it.
    But she is not alone. El senior peretz is screaming at microphones all over the place to help “IT”.
    Netanyahu really knows how to select a team…

  8. Abu Bluff is the ONE who initiated the unity deal with Hamas and has adopted ALL of its demands!

    The rank stupidity and cluelessness of the Israeli elite has plumbed new lows.