an over simplified view to make Abbas into a peacemaker and Bibi into a peace breaker - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • zionist forever
    • 02.09.10 | 17:53 (IDT)

    Abbas had to be brought to these talks kicking and screaming. Bibi said he wants to have bi weekly meetings Abbas rejected that idea flat out. Abbas has no credibility and he represents only a small number of palestinians anyway and his term as president was supposed to end nearly 2 years ago so he is not even in position to do any deals from a legal point of view. Abbas like Arafat has never taken peace talking seriously because he takes the attitude this is a list of demands you either agree to every single one of them or there is nothing to talk about. The palestinians have never been interested in negotiating just demanding and as long as they demand rather than negotiate we will never reach a deal. The problem with Hamas rule in Gaza for Bibis coalition partners is because they are firing rockets I don't know where you live Avi Issachcharoff but the residents on the residents of Sderot & Ashkelon consider it to be a serious problem. Of course to somebody who doesn't have to live with the threat of rocket attacks its not an issue is it Mr Issacharoff? You also cannot brush off the brutal murder of 4 individuals in one attack, 2 injured in another and probably more to come. The idea that giving up Temple Mount and its all over ia laughable. There are settlements & the settler movement has a very loud voice and not just in the Knesset. There is also the thing that can kill a deal and thats right of return. Thats a red line and even Israel left accept that and one of the reasons Arafat walked when Barak had already offered him Temple Mount was the right of return issue. Any palestinian leader who agrees to give up the idea of right of return will be considered a traitor and the demand will not drop. Even Arafat didn't have the muscle to drop that and survive. So come on if its just Temple Mount why didn't we get a deal in 2000 when it was offered. This is a totally over simplified article designed to turn Bibi into the bad guy and Abbas into the victim no matter what if and probably when talks break down.

    from the article: Abbas has the will, and the way
    First published 02:58 02.09.10 | Last updated 02:58 02.09.10
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