The need to preempt Iran and export gas to Egypt was the reason the government gave to push through its controversial plan for Israel's natural gas. Now, this reason may no longer exist.03:48 31.08.15 | 0 comments
The Palestinians oppose an interim agreement, and they are right. They have seen in Oslo how an interim agreement is stretched longer and longer, then undermined, by the extremists on both sides. The time is right now for a pressure on Israel to complete the deal: Obama promised it to the Palestinians or to get them a unilateral state. The rest of the world is also more inclined to put sanctions on Israel, cultural and others, if Netanyahu undermines the peace talks. This means that the average Israeli will feel the consequences of failure to make peace, and will then vote Likud out of office. I will remind Beilin that he himself gained his influence following the US putting some sanctions on Shamir, getting the Israelis to throw him out and vote for Rabin. This is the time to push for peace, not to delay the day of reckoning.