He shouldn't have. He said he wouldn't, and he shouldn't have. But he did
"I made this message clear in quiet ways last
month, and I am saying it here, now, in public: If the Palestinian
leadership will say unequivocally to its people that it recognizes
Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, I will be willing to
gather my government and ask for another suspension of construction for a
limited time," Netanyahu said.
So now we know (though we certainly knew before and didn't need this confirmation). From here
, I honestly don't see where the "peace process" has to go.
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority on Monday rejected a
demand earlier by Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu to recognize Israel
as a Jewish state in exchange for an extension to a settlement freeze.
Again, this isn't news. One would hope this development leaves Obama in a bit of a quandary. If there are ever to be "two states for two peoples," then it's sort of essential as a threshold issue that both "peoples" recognize each other's right to self-determination in their respective "homelands." Of course, factually, historically, objectively, only one side has a legitimate claim to such status, so it's doubly ironic that that's the only side that's agreed to recognize the claim of the other.
It's way past time to drop the curtain on this farce. But of course that can't be permitted to happen, at the very least not before the U.S. mid-term elections. So the actors will continue to strut around the stage, some under pressure and some just because they like to strut.
Speaking of which, Ehud Barak once again reminds us
why he was never fit to be the Prime Minister of Israel and is even less so now.
The land referendum bill that was passed by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Monday raises questions about the government's desire and ability to lead the peace process, according to a statement released by the Defense Ministry.
The statement comes as a reaction to a bill, passed during a special
meeting of the Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Monday, which requires a national referendum in any instance in which Israel agreed in diplomatic talks to hand over areas that have been annexed (i.e., Jerusalem beyond the Green Line) or to which Israeli law has been extended (i.e., the Golan Heights).
Barak calls the safeguard "unnecessary." Of course he does. Because it was his reckless offer at Camp David in 2000 (rejected by Arafat) that inspired the referendum initiative in the first place. To him, it's always made perfect sense that such profound concessions be made, if the government is "serious" about "the peace process," by executive fiat and without the consent of the hoi polloi.