Nothing to do with Abbas 'losing face' - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • r cummings
    • 16.07.10 | 13:53 (IDT)

    There is no basis for direct talks because Israel is not offering anything other than its imposed status quo. It is determined to hold on to E Jerusalem. That's a total non-starter. It wants to keep the Jordan Valley, also an obvious non-starter. It wants all the land occupied up to the separation barrier, including vital wells and water resources. There is no chance of that being agreed. It wants to hold on to much of the Area C land, but it is not Israel's to hold onto, it's only the temporary Occupying Power. It isn't offering to vacate any of the 160 settlements, because Netanyahu and the uber-Zios couldn't and wouldn't close any, they are all committed to this Greater Imperial Israel. So nothing to offer there either. It wants permanent control of Pal airspace, airwaves, military, strategic roads, water, early warning bases. Meaning Palestine wouldn't be independent at all. That is basically a victor's peace from a few centuries ago, where you seize and loot whatever takes your fancy. It doesn't work these days, international law rules out each and all of the above. So what is the point having direct talks with someone who has no legal claim at all to your home and land, yet insists that you should give them half of it because, well because they covet it, are illegally squatting on it and have you surrounded by armed troops. This is the sort of thing the UN was set up to prevent, greedy bully boys extorting foreign land at the point of a gun and feeling entitled to do so, because they have got themselves into an extremist nationalist, religious, colonialist trance and seem unable to awake from it. Abbas and Fayad would be mad to enter direct talks on that hopeless victor's agenda, far better to stick it out and go for a unilateral declaration of independence, nothing to lose. water

    from the article: Abbas unlikely to agree to direct talks soon, say Ramallah sources
    First published 13:15 16.07.10 | Last updated 13:15 16.07.10
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