Thursday, July 08, 2010

Abbas Has A Strange Notion Of Negotiating Peace

Abbas, Israel's 'moderate' peace partner who just this week said "if all of you [Arab States] will fight Israel, we are in favor", has the notion that peace means that he gets everything he wants without negotiating--let alone making concessions.

Or can you name for me an issue that Abbas has offered to concede on?

But now it seems that according to Abbas negotiating with one's peace partners is itself passe:

Mr Obama expressed hope that direct talks would start before the end of September after a White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said it was "high time" such negotiations got under way.

A spokesman for Mr Abbas however said: "President Abbas ... insists on the necessity of progress in indirect negotiations on core issues (borders, security) before going to direct negotiations. [emphasis added]
One might have thought that the whole point of direct negotiations was to deal with core issues...

But not Abbas--which actually makes sense: since Abbas has no intention of making any sort of concession anyway, what would be the point? And let's face it: even if Abbas had any notion to make a concession, he doesn't really have the power to make any kind of concession anyway.

Bottom line:

  • Israel's peace partner cannot negotiate for peace.
  • Israel's peace partner is not looking for a real peace.
  • Israel's peace partner couldn't lead a country even if it is manufactured for him.

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