It's Business as Usual

Three speeches await us in the coming days. Tomorrow Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will deliver a "political speech" to the Knesset; at the end of the week comes his speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee; next week comes an appointment with the U.S. Congress. Never have so many waited for so little.

Perhaps Netanyahu will be saved at the last moment by a new wave of violence, showing again that there is no one to talk to. The Republican members of Congress will cheer him, together with members of the Jewish lobby, who will all fight to the last drop of my blood.

The region is burning with revolutionary fervor. The Palestinian people are presenting a united front in their struggle for freedom. September will not be stayed.

A person "slightly injured" in Silwan died, and was buried yesterday. He had plotted to start a great fire, as did a despairing Tunisian market stall owner who immolated himself and kick-started the Arab Spring. Milad Said Ayyash was shot, apparently from the East Jerusalem area of Beit Yonatan, from which the High Court of Justice had ordered the Jewish settlers be evicted a thousand times.

Everyone is racking their brains over what Netanyahu should say. The answer is really quite clear: The State of Israel has decided to end its occupation as soon as possible and recognize the State of Palestine within the 1967 borders. And also: Soon we will sit at the same table and speak, state to state, to discuss the final agreement and bilateral relations.

If people are rebelling against their own rulers, they will certainly rise up against foreigners who oppress them. But today, the cabinet agenda includes:

1 The appointment of a director general for the Interior Ministry;

2 The appointment of the Interior Ministry central district supervisor;

3 Commercials on Army Radio;

4 Expanding Judaism courses in the army; and

5 A plan for strengthening northern Bedouin communities.

It's business as usual, with even domestic issues shunted aside: No trains have stopped running; no airline fuel has been contaminated; no doctors are striking; no traffic accidents plague us. To judge by today's cabinet agenda, everything is under control. So what is this feeling of impending disaster?