Netanyahu does nothing

Netanyahu plans to counter US acceptance of Palestinian unity by blocking West Bank elections

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 3, 2014,

The US and European decision to continue funding the Palestinians under their new, Hamas-backed government, is a landmark: For the first time, the US and Europe will be bankrolling an organization branded under their own laws as terrorist, as well as its armed militia, the Ezz e-Din al-Qassam, DEBKAfile’s counterterrorism sources note.

The structure of the Fatah-Hamas coalition government, sworn in by Mahmoud Abbas under prime minister Rami Hamdullah in Ramallah Monday, June 2, says it all: From that date, the Hamas regime ruling the Gaza Strip is dissolved and its prime minister Ismail Haniyeh and ministers step down. They are replaced by the government of reconciliation in Ramallah, which is henceforth responsible for ruling both territories, and running their public services, education, health, and law and order enforcement.

The Islamist Hamas ruled the Gaza for seven years after ousting Fatah in a coup. Now, to the relief of its rulers, it is able to shrug off the responsibility for scrounging for half a billion dollars a year to sustain the territory’s 1.8 million inhabitants – especially now that Gaza is under siege by Egypt as well as Israel.

The people of Gaza will be fed, clothed, housed and educated with the help of the financial aid the US and EU have pledged the government in Ramallah. And Hamas is now free to devote its resources from other quarters to maintaining its own, autonomous security and militia branches – its tools of terror – numbering 20,000 serving and reserve personnel.

Those resources are provided by Qatar, Gulf tycoons, Iran and Hizballah.
The Palestinian power-sharing deal has therefore maneuvered the Obama administration and European Union into supporting the efforts of Iran and fellow radicals for keeping Hamas alive as a viable operational arm, in keeping with Tehran’s objectives – and in direct conflict with the interests of Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has found no answer to this dangerous development.

He commented Tuesday: “I’m deeply troubled by the announcement that the United States will work with the Palestinian government backed by Hamas, which has murdered countless innocent civilians.” He then appealed to “all those who genuinely seek peace to reject President Abbas’ embrace of Hamas… as simply unacceptable.”

That appeal, much like Netanyahu’s rhetoric on the Iranian nuclear issue, fell on deaf ears, because it was not backed by action. It only underscored the disarray in Israeli government circles over the international points Abbas had scored by healing the breach in the Palestinian movement.

Some ministers, led by right-wing members of Netanyahu’s Likud and Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home, are saying that talk is not enough: Israel should hit back at Washington’s willingness to do business with the Hamas-backed Palestinian regime by annexing settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria.

However, the Netanyahu government set itself on course toward this blind alley in November 2012 when, instead of letting the IDF finish Operation Pillar of Defense to crush Hamas in the Gaza Strip after its decade-long missile campaign against Israel, the prime minister accepted a premature ceasefire, orchestrated by the US. He accepted the Hamas’ inclusion in a US-led diplomatic process. That process was part of Barack Obama’s grand design to establish a “moderate” Muslim bloc composed of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar and Turkey, that would form a bridge to the Palestinian Hamas.

Netanyahu’s acceptance of this arrangement proved short-sighted: The Muslim Brothers no longer rule Egypt, the Qatar emir was ousted in a coup and Hillary Clinton may not even remember how she powered this short-lived process as Secretary of State.

But in Israel, the chickens came to roost. Mahmoud Abbas decided to take advantage of the plight of the radical Hamas. He also recognized that President Obama had never given up the hope of reconciling the two wings of the Palestinian movement. He gambled on the Hamas card and it paid off.

Netanyahu is left casting about for a strategy to even the score. He hopes his chance will come when elections to the Palestinian parliament and presidency come around in six months – that is if they take place on schedule and if the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation lasts that long.

He confided to his close advisers Tuesday, June 3, that he is determined not to let those elections take place and so repeat the mistake made by his predecessor Ehud Olmert, who permitted the vote, knowing that Hamas would sweep the board and seize control of the West Bank as well as the Gaza Strip. Olmert acted under pressure from Washington. There is no guarantee that Netanyahu will behave any differently.

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  1. @ yamit82:

    The leadership of any group is only as good as the people who put them in that position. This applies equally to Americans and Israelis.

  2. @ yamit82:

    Dear Heart did you notice the high per-cent of Asians in Texas. Could that mean a thriving teck industry. You also forgot Gov. Perry’s outreach to Israel.
    Arn’t you proud of me Sweetheart, not a double entendres in this post.

  3. yamit82 Said:

    means more disposable income is available to low earners but property values

    So what wrong with this??????? A working man can afford to buy a home and not rent. As for the poverty rate, how many of the poor are illegal residents.
    You failed to mention the employment statistics.

  4. @ honeybee:

    Looking at raw stats: Texas does no fare well in most economic categories compared with the averages of the rest of America. Low taxes however means more disposable income is available to low earners but property values well below the rest of America.

    Per capita money income in past 12 months (2012 dollars),
    2008-2012 Texas:$25,809_________American average: $28,051

    Median household income definition and source info Median household
    income, 2008-2012 Texas: $51,563_______America: $53,046

    Persons below poverty level, percent definition and source info
    Persons below poverty level, percent,
    2008-2012 Texas:17.4%_______America: 14.9%

    Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2008-2012 Texas: $128,000________America: $181,400

  5. @ honeybee:
    Anyone who lives in NY and is thinking about retirement ought to consider Texas. When you die the estate taxes in NY are 50% in Texas is 0. No estate taxes in Texas.
    HB I have been very busy but I do not forget my promise. I have a fool proof NY cheese cake recipe. Although I have to send you another recipe I do not remember which one. Please remind me.

  6. yamit82 Said:

    Who in your opinion is a good leader in the world

    Governor Perry of Texas. Texas is booming economically. The BBQ is delicious, the beer is flowing and everybody is two-stepping.

  7. The EU and the US insist on IL to play the consenting victim. IL must counteract by normalizing the Israeli status of J & S. Not more not less. Then offer the Pal to get out to Jordan or any other country with some financial compensation. Gaza will slowly melt away.

  8. jerrylaury Said:

    when are the Israeli people going to wake up and do something about their horrible leadership?

    Like what?

    Like America and all European countries?

    Who in your opinion is a good leader in the world?

  9. @ Steven678:
    You are correct in every word of your assessment of Netanyahu but when are the Israeli people going to wake up and do something about their horrible leadership?

  10. Israel okays 1,500 West Bank homes in response to Palestinian unity
    . An additional 38 are to be built outside what’s considered the major West Bank settlements blocs, in the West Bank settlement of Geva Binyamin, north of Jerusalem.

    notice how he does it:

    Ariel said the move was an “appropriate Zionist response to the Palestinian terror government.”

    “The right and obligation of the state of Israel to build across the country

    “build across the country”??????????
    Credit is taken for an unusual response to the Pals but in fact only 38 are outside the major blocks therefore they are casting even the building in the major blocks as a response when it is merely natural growth in blocks to be retained.

  11. The Egyptians have al-Sisi as their leader, a bold, decisive man who is not afraid to do what’s best for his country, regardless of American pressure and threats. The Israelis have A SISSY, a man who is a coward by his very nature, indecisive, afraid of every hint of pressure from Washington, who does not stand up and protect his own people, nor does he respect Jewish rights to the land, who refuses to take action whether building or annexation, and is merely a Luftmensch, a man of air, except when it comes to releasing murderers for nothing in exchange, freezing Jewish construction, hiring treasonous dingbats like Livni, or allowing Jewish property to be vandalized and destroyed in broad daylight. He talks Zionism like Jabotinsky, but is in fact a wimp.