The Peace Process

By Ted Belman

I agree with every word in Theatre of the Absurd by Martin Sherman.

On the other hand, I find Alan Dershowitz to be in dream land in his article What the White House Has to Do to Keep the Peace Talks Going

    [..] unless the Israelis can be persuaded that a peace deal is really in the offing, the Knesset will not vote to continue a full fledged housing freeze and the Palestinians will refuse to engage in peace talks.

He says that the White House can change this dynamic by pressuring the Palestinians to make concessions. (That will be the day)

    These concessions could include ending the incitement against Israelis and Jews that appear daily on official Palestinian television (the Palestinian Authority promised this in earlier peace negotiations, but has failed to live up to this promise.) It could also include ending Palestinian efforts to delegitimize Israel in international forums such as the United Nation and the International Criminal Court. Finally it could include a willingness to recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people.

Get real Alan. Palestinian incitement is part of resistance and nation building. They are not about to end it.

The delegitimization campaign is about destroying Israel, not acheiving a two state solution. This campaign has a life of its own. Even if the Palestinians stopped pushing it, it would continue. Why not get all Obama’s friends at the UN to discontinue it or the EU, or his union buddies, or his NGO’s? The simple answer is Obama has no clout.

Finally recognizing Israel as the Jewish state is diametrically opposed to the goals of the Muslim world. Abbas would be a dead man.

    The White House could also try to persuade the Saudis to invite Prime Minister Netanyahu to Saudi Arabia, as The New York Times columnist Tom Friedman has suggested. In order to get the Saudis to do this, the White House would have to offer something to the Saudis as well. There is only one thing that the White House can offer both the Saudis and the Israelis: that is an iron-clad commitment to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Such a commitment would do more to assure peace in the Mideast than any other single action by any party.

Such a commitment would involve a preemptive strike as there is no telling when Iran will have the bomb. Attacking Iran doesn’t solve Arab Israeli conflict. Saudi Arabia must drop the Saudi Plan and accept Res 242 for starters. Get Saudi Arabia to back defensible borders for Israel. And so on. Inviting Netanyahu to Saudi Arabia would not be a game changer.

As for the extension of the settlement freeze he is more realisic.

    Freezing all building in arguably disputed areas will not be easy for Israel. Many of these areas are not really in dispute: the Palestinians have already conceded that under any peace agreement Israel will maintain control over built up areas in and around Jerusalem. Stopping all building in these areas is seen by many Israelis as entirely symbolic and somewhat punitive to families that are growing. If the Palestinians are really interested in peace, rather than in finding an excuse to walk away from the peace talks, they will accept some sort of compromise that Netanyahu is willing to offer and that the Knesset might be willing to support. Building up rather than out, and limiting building to those areas that are not really in dispute, should constitute a compromise acceptable to all sides.

But I disagree with him. Israel shouldn’t compensate the Palestinians for staying in talks. Either they want peace or they don’t. Building has no relevance to that question. If they want to stop the building going on, they can compromise on borders

    Continuing an absolute freeze should not become a litmus test for continuing peace talks. The real litmus test is a willingness to continue to talk despite temporary disagreements that could be resolved by negotiation.

Nor should continuing a partial freeze.

September 17, 2010 | 4 Comments »

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  1. Rongrand:

    On the other hand the Palestinian track record on the peace road have failed time and time again

    Ron: Should you have an account with a stock broker, you will find the following disclaimer.

    “Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.”

    It might be prudent if you attached the same disclaimer on to whatever you write.

  2. There will be no peace. FALSE peace but no REAL peace. You cant change people. They have to really WANT it. The ONLY thing the enemy REALLY wants is Israel WITHOUT Jews. Get ready for WAR.

  3. Uncle, there can be no peace if the Israeli government continues to give into any concessions suggested by the US and or the Palestinians. Sorry to say neither can be trusted. The US administration is full of weasels who are looking out for themselves and what political capital they can achieve.

    On the other hand the Palestinian track record on the peace road have failed time and time again.

    Time for the Israelis to tell both georgie (the arab) mitchell and hillary (wife of “I didn’t have sex with that woman” and “I did not inhale”) to go home or to Saudi Arabi and play in the sand with those fat guy who wear sunglasses and white towels on their heads.

    Uncle, today begins Yom Kuppur, Day of Atonement, please remember me in this celebration of special relationship with G-d.

  4. As of now, the Netanyahu government does not have the votes in the Knesset to continue the building freeze in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority has threatened to walk away from the peace talks unless the freeze continues. A stalemate appears to be in the offing, unless something changes.

    The freeze was and will be an executive decision not contingent upon a Knesset vote: Motions of no confidence can be put forth on the issue butr staying in power Über Alles is still the name of the game here.

    So much for Deshowitz’s understanding of Israeli politics.

    I have always said with friends like Dershowitz, who needs enemies. He is even more dangerous to us than our obvious enemies.

    Sherman just states the obvious with no special insight.

    I am of the opinion that BB is a traitor who intends to sell us all out and then run to America when things fall apart, ditto Barak.