Israel walks away from peace process (again)


by Sunny
18th September, 2010 at 10:47 am    

AFP reported this yesterday:

Israel reiterated on Friday its refusal to extend curbs on settlement building that expire this month, despite US pressure and Palestinian threats to walk out of peace talks.

Meanwhile, US envoy George Mitchell met Lebanese President Michel Sleiman as part of Washington’s target of forging a comprehensive Middle East peace. “The prime minister has not changed his position on this issue, there is no question of extending the moratorium,” a senior Israeli government official told AFP, asking not to be named.

The 10-month measure to curb construction of settler homes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank concludes at the end of this month.

Abbas told Netanyahu during the talks that he would walk out of the negotiations if Israel does not renew the moratorium, according to an aide.

And yet it’s always Palestinians being blamed for the peace process going nowhere. I wonder if any of Israel’s usual supporters will condemn this and put pressure on the govt to stop the settlements. Don’t hold your breath though.


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  1. mike kaye — on 18th September, 2010 at 11:22 am  

    The Palestinians ( actually their leaders) have walked out or sabotaged every effort for peace with the Jews since november 1947.

    They just want the whole country for themselves, without one jew within it’s borders. So much for a negotiating position, no wonder settlement building goes on.

  2. cheers — on 18th September, 2010 at 11:49 am  

    If someone asks what religion you are, what do you say?

  3. FlyingRodent — on 18th September, 2010 at 12:54 pm  

    The problem with these negotiations, as far as I can see, is that they seem deliberately set up to fail.

    I mean, Fatah have serious legitimacy issues and can’t credibly claim to speak for Palestinians generally; Hamas aren’t even invited and if they were, would totally undercut the reason for their existence. The Palestinians are too weak and divided amongst themselves, not to mention the factions too ideologically deranged and violent, to negotiate in good faith.*

    Israel demands, OTOH, seem deliberately impossible. Fatah can no more guarantee Israel’s security than it can eat the moon – they don’t even control Gaza, let alone exert mind control over Palestinians everywhere that would stop them making their own bombs independently.

    We’ve got peace talks that actively preclude the possibility of peace. I try to see how this is anything other than a) spinning out the whole situation until the Israelis can impose their own settlement on an utterly defeated and permanently stateless Palestinian people b) led by the faction that the US finds most acceptable, but fail.

    I may be wrong. Can anyone else think of a reason for talks that are intentionally constructed to preclude a practicable settlement?

    *A situation that their foes have actively sought and achieved as an act of military policy, BTW.

  4. Sarah AB — on 18th September, 2010 at 1:21 pm  

    In the report Sunny quotes there are two references to Palestinian threats to walk away from the peace talks. So the post’s title seems a bit odd. From a purely outside perspective it would seem excellent to extend the moratorium on settlement buildings.

  5. Sunny — on 18th September, 2010 at 2:22 pm  

    In the report Sunny quotes there are two references to Palestinian threats to walk away from the peace talks. So the post’s title seems a bit odd.

    Why should they participate in any talks where Israel can’t even start with basic adherence to law? The settlement land does not belong to them – so why should they be allowed to build on it, while pretending to be for peace?

  6. colindale — on 18th September, 2010 at 4:43 pm  

    Building and extending settlements on Palestinian land to establish ‘facts on the ground’ is an illegal act in breach of international law.

    The UNSC should pass a resolution condemning this criminal action and should ensure that all illegal settlements are dismantled and removed.

    Unless there is respect for the law, there can be no peace. And if this conflict continues, then there will inevitably be nuclear war that will embroil (nuclear) Pakistan and also Afghanistan.

    The six and a half billion people on our planet are infinitely more important that the agenda of Israel’s Likud party and a handful of power-hungry politicians. Surely!

  7. Roger — on 18th September, 2010 at 7:44 pm  

    So the post’s title seems a bit odd.

    Just odd? No, it’s a lie.

  8. Joseph W — on 18th September, 2010 at 11:31 pm  

    If someone told me that Ben White ghost-wrote this piece, I would (perhaps not) be very surprised.

  9. damon — on 19th September, 2010 at 1:31 am  

    Obama had to be seen to have done something.
    To have done nothing at all about Israel/Palestine in his first term was not possible – so maybe this is just for the record. That he gave it a shot.
    That’s all I can think of.

  10. Sunny — on 19th September, 2010 at 5:00 am  

    Very insightful and typically fatuous comment there Joseph. Thanks. I know some people find it difficult to believe this, given they’ve constantly regurgitated the myth that only Palestinians are to blame. But it’s true.

  11. Ben — on 19th September, 2010 at 6:58 am  

    “…Israel can’t even start with basic adherence to law? The settlement land does not belong to them …”

    The settlement land is a part of the Palestine Mandate set up by the League of Nations in the early 1920′s, and was intended for the Jewish National Home. Jews have resided in those territories from time immemorial. The territories were illegally cleansed of Jews by British-officered Arab troops, whose campaign of murder and expulsion in 1948 was later countered by the Israeli liberation in 1967. The idea that Jewish residence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is “illegal” is a racist idea, supported by advocates of anti-Jewish apartheid.

  12. boyo — on 19th September, 2010 at 9:38 am  

    There are plenty of valid reasons to criticise Israel Sunny, if that be your want, so why create such obvious hostages to fortune with your partial reporting?

  13. douglas clark — on 19th September, 2010 at 9:50 am  

    Ben @ 11,

    Well, yes, sort of. The mandate says in its’ preamble:

    Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2nd, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.

    [My highlighting]

    Perhaps you’d care to clarify how the years since then have met these, reasonable, objectives?

  14. Lucy — on 21st September, 2010 at 9:54 am  

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3957113,00.html

    “Ministry to invest millions in settlement tourism

    Building freeze over? Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov plans to allot NIS 9 million for development, renovation of tourist sites in Jewish communities in West Bank”

    ‘Extending the moratorium’ is as far as the Obama Administration is prepared to go. For various geopolitical reasons they have to be seen to be ‘doing something’. But the negotiations will earn the Palestinians nothing. All that Clinton is interested in is in agreement with Netanyahu’s position and that is – finding a new window-dressing formula for allowing the settlements to continue – and flourish. More ‘facts on the ground’…

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