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Reports of Israeli readiness to negotiate an insult

Ever so often, when it seems like too much time has passed since someone has addressed the “peace process,” there is suddenly a meeting followed by reports that nothing has actually changed but that there is sober optimism that Israelis and Palestinians are ready to negotiate. The latest news — following meetings in Jordan where (surprise!) no significant breakthrough was made — is that Israel is ready to negotiate immediately with the Palestinians.  According to Haaretz, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s exact words were:

“I’m ready to get into my car at any time and go to Ramallah, even if it’s more than a small headache for my security guards, but Abu Mazen isn’t ready.”

This does not sound like someone with any genuine desire to negotiate or sense of urgency about the future of this region and the people living in it. To declare that traveling to Ramallah is a headache is just smug. It is an insult to the millions of Palestinians inside the West Bank who cannot travel freely and are constantly harassed, as well as the millions more in the diaspora who cannot visit freely at all. It is also an insult to me as a tax-paying Israeli citizen, that I have to pay for all the security that goes into what is such an easy journey for the Prime Minister – a journey that he has already determined is futile through his daily actions as well as the tone of his words.

This sounds like someone who cannot be bothered; like he’s doing the world a favor by turning his attention for a few moments away from war with Iran and imploring Birthright participants to move to Israel. It sounds like he would be just as content doing nothing, which he has proven to be especially good at over the last few years. And why not? He has had to deal with no consequences, either domestically or internationally, for being derelict.

There is such a double standard by Israel vis-a-vis negotiations and it is reported on in Western mainstream media with no criticism at all. This enigmatic 21-point plan submitted by Israel to the Palestinians as a precondition to talks? Twenty-one points? Might these points just state the de facto status quo over and over again: “We are a Jewish state with an undivided capital in Jerusalem and every fifth Israeli lives in the Judea and Samaria.” And apparently these 21 points have “domestic political consensus,” whatever that means.

Netanyahu isn’t even willing to stomach one Palestinian precondition: a halt of settlement construction that has literally eaten away at the possibility of a Palestinian state. May I remind everyone once again that settlement construction is considered illegal by the international community and that they are, in fact UNILATERAL actions taken by Israel on a daily basis that contradict the notion of a so-called “peace process” So who is Bibi kidding? How can anyone talk about “peace talks,” “negotiations” or a “two-state solution” with a straight face anymore?

At this point, I just find all the “news” about negotiations one giant disingenuous insult by Israel to the Palestinian public, the Israeli public and really anyone with any sense of decency. By reporting on it as if it is in fact news, the mainstream media is just feeding into the facade that Israel is a peace-seeking, two-state solution-wanting country. Nothing about its actions indicate that it is, so all this talk about negotiations is absolutely meaningless. It is a waste of space on the page.

 

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    1. Tammy

      Meirav, your post, however, is NOT a waste of space on the (virtual) page.

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    2. teri

      Nicely said. But my big question is, how do you get the Israeli people to want something different than Netanyahu’s status quo? How do you get them to take an interest in the ballot box and realize they can control not only their own destiny but also the destiny of the Palestinian people?

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    3. @Teri – in my humble opinion, it needs a new Israeli leader – who might only be 12 yrs old at this time. Someone who is young enough to have a whole different set of instincts than the trauma-based worldview of Bibi. Someone – charismatic and persuasive – who could articulate this new worldview to the Israeli public. I was hoping this new voice might come out of last summer’s J14 protests in Israel, but as I said, maybe that new voice is still only 12 yrs old….how much longer we can wait for him/her, I have no idea……

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    4. zayzafouna

      The person who should be negotiating is Soros, who could fund a migration of israelis out of Palestine. The Muslim world would then forgive him for impoverishing Malaysia with currency speculation

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    5. Barry Rosen

      Mairav Zonszein for 6 months in 08 Olmert tried to negotiate and Abbas ran away.

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    6. Barry Rosen

      The Arabs want the Jews to live but not ruling a sovereign country like Israel is today. Of course they would love to see the Jews as the dhimmi they were among the Arabs before 1948, paying taxes for not being Muslims and be like the Kurds, Coptics, Black Christians of Sudan and Berbers today. 2nd class citizens stripped of any Judicial rights.
      The problem is Arab hatred and racism.

      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/151758PA Religious Official Publicly Calls for Genocide of Jews
      PA’s principal religious leader presents the killing of Jews by Muslims as a religious Islamic goal.
      Elad Benari
      1/16/2011

      The best post i saw about this.

      There have been many PA religious and other officials who have openly called for the genocide of the Jews. Jews have been called aids, cancer, apes and pigs by these wicked hatemongers. Poll after poll over the years have shown many Palestinian Arabs support mass murder of Jews in suicide bombings, shootings and other terror attacks. It’s just so obvious what these evil people really want. The destruction of Israel, and the genocide of it’s Jewish citizens.

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    7. Lauren

      Why should the Pals even try to negotiate? Israel has shown over the years that it will not negoiate for peace with anyone. Israel wants war and victory… period. Israel has played a game for the media which pretends that Israel is the real victim and the Pals and Arabs the horrible terrorists. Never an inch given and land constantly stolen, farms burned and sewage purposely spilled over the acreage. Israel will never stop stealing land from the “terrorists” and will eventually move into Jordon and Eqypt to steal their land as part of the religous doctrine. Of course all the countries that Israel tries to invade will be labled as terrorists, anti-semitics, and so on and again pintiong themselves as victims. Folks, the game is up…. we all know.
      All I know is that if someone decided to take my home, I’d meet them at my front door with a shotgun. When you have nothing to lose, you lose it.

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    8. Volodinjev

      @zayzafouna

      Warmongers like you need to prepare for war. I can assure you the Israelis are not going anywhere.

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