The Israeli security cabinet has approved the plan, which would see additional workers employed in construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, agriculture and other areas.06:02 08.02.16 | 0 comments
The PA may be doing this merely to score some badly needed kudos on the eve of the elections (in July and September – if they take place all), still a lot of good will come out of pushing through with the plan. The incoherence of the US stance – which they themselves are admitting now – will stand out. In what way does a Security Council resolution hamper the progress of direct talks? Why cannot the two run in tandem? What is the US doing to further direct negotiations? Does the US have any plans to reactivate the negotiations, and is it willing to force Israel to freeze the construction? All these questions will come up when the resolution is brought to discussion, and will strengthen suspicions that the US actually wants Israel to grab as much land as it can. There will be an open confrontation in the highest world forum between the US and its closest European allies. The Europeans will have to decided between following a course of their own or dropping out. The behavior of the EU will reveal, once and for all, whether the PA stands any chance of success. By the time of the elections, the Palestinians should know whether to go to the polls or stay home. It will really be up to the Palestinians to decide their fate. Give a nod to the PA by going to the polls, or delegitimize it by staying home. In any case, a US veto will take us one step further down the road to a single state.