Saturday, August 27, 2011

The PA Clarify the Conditions for Not Going to the U.N.

My special thanks to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas who today clarified his conditions for withdrawing his bid for statehood recognition this September 20th. And by the way, there are three conditions, not two:
1. Israel accepts a two-state solution (while the P.A. don't have to accept a "Jewish" state, only an Israeli one).
2. The boundaries would be the 1967 ones.
3. Israel stops all Jewish settlement construction in the areas that would be part of the Palestinian statehood.

It's nice to know that some people can still dream in technicolor -- and no, I don't mean like Martin Luther King used to dream. This guy is out of his mind if he thinks Netanyahu will simply say, "yes, Mr. President; I'll do that later today."

And what does Netanyahu and Israel get in exchange:
1. PA won't go to the UN with their request; of course, if Israel accepts these conditions, it won't need to. But that's too obvious for politicians to figure out on their own. So they make the deal they propose sound so great.
2. A promise of peace going forward. Yeah, about as solid as the promise of a ceasefire this past week which was broken at least twice by the Palestinians. Thanks but no thanks.

Finally, notice this scenario on whether or not the United States threatened the PA with punitive measures if the PA pursued their goal to use the U.N. for statehood declaration. The US Consulate denies that. And the PA reinforces the fact that it is true -- the US did promise punitive action. So, either the Americans are lying or the PA is lying. So whom can we trust any more among these two players? Neither. We just have to wait and see what happens.

But I can assure you of this much -- it's very unlikely Israel will say, "hey, thank you so much; I thought you'd never offer that!" Take a look. We're now just 24 days away from the big item going to the big General Assembly.

PA set on UN statehood bid unless... JPost - Diplomacy & Politics

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