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    • 01.04.10 | 21:54 (IDT)

    Beyond the immediate, essentially easy question of whether Israel should be allowed to continue building in East Jerusalem during peace talks (and thus determine part of the outcome by new facts on the ground), there is the basic question: Is Netanyahu really capable of concluding a peace agreement with the Palestinians? The answer to this seems to be a definite NO. Netnyahu's positions are far behind those of other recent governments (Barak, Olmert) and there is no hope the Palestinians will accept them. For example, giving up the Jordan Valley which once upon a time was viewed as protection against Iraqi tanks (under the late Saddam), and which Likud still insists on keeping (Likudniks are not retards, but they suffer from certain mental impediments), nor will Netnyahu agree to divide Jerusalem. Netanyahu knew this and was not interested in pursuing peace when running for PM. For example, he agreed then only to self rule, no state for Palestinians. Why did Netanyahu even run for PM? He was "promoting" the danger from Iran and would "solve" it. A ridiculous fantasy, and now the US wouldn't even cooperate.

    from the article: Netanyahu the politician shames Netanyahu the statesman
    First published 02:34 01.04.10 | Last updated 05:55 01.04.10
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