Israel Rejects Kerry Proposal to Relinquish Control of Palestine-Jordan Border, Endangering Talks

(By AFP)

Israel rejects any US-proposed security concessions for the Jordan Valley, a cabinet member close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, as US Secretary John Kerry visited the Middle East.
Israel rejects US proposals on Jordan Valley (via AFP)

Israel rejects any US-proposed security concessions for the Jordan Valley, a cabinet member close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, as US Secretary John Kerry visited the Middle East. “Security must remain in our hands. Anyone who proposes…

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    • “Israel under Netanyahu is not willing to concede or deal on anything.”

      Of course not. Our policy-making apparatus has been conquered by their Lobby. By their standards, why should they? More of that below.

      How could anyone who has watched them operate in fake “negotiations” over the last forty-six years without any pay-back be confused about that? How could anyone watch the pusillanimous conduct of our Congress during that time and have any doubt?

      Yet (how I hate to use the word for this) our government is “politically” constrained from making life difficult for them in response.
      And the unpleasantness flows only one way.

      Our political class fear the domestic consequences of applying pressure to Israel. They fear retaliation at the individual level and the brutal destruction of careers and even for the future of of the Democratic Party.

      This historically unique Lobby, the likes of which have never been seen before in our history, doesn’t distinguish between the parties as traditional domestic lobbies do. It’s relationship with Congress is on a member by member basis with a dossier on every single individual, and It thinks only of Israel’s interests as its leaders erroneously believe they understand them to be. The result is that they apply or threaten to apply a sort of electoral terror to all and sundry. If found wanting in loyalty they will drive Republicans from office as readily as democrats.

      Yet the application of intense and credible pressure to Israel is for Americans a national necessity. So much of what she does fills well-intentioned men and women with revulsion, but they can’t do a thing even about that. It can’t even be acknowledged in public. Nor can we protect ourselves from the blow-back at the global level. The land of the free and the home of the brave, indeed.

  1. Israel’s “very painful concessions” seem to involve recognizing a Palestinian entity with a large number of Israeli settlements in the 20 per cent of historical Palestinian territory that may form the future territory of the Palestinian state, with over half a million Israeli settlers occupying part of that small territory, with no right of return for millions of Palestinians who were forced out of their homes, and the whole place being surrounded by Israeli forces, and no clear concessions on Jerusalem, something resembling a larger Gaza. It is time to give up this charade and allow UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on Israel and Palestine to be implemented without a US veto.

    • Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat has already mentioned recently that the Palestinian Authority may use the U.N. non-member observer state status accorded Palestine on November 29, 2012 to initiate a formal complaint with the International Criminal Court against Israel.

      • Using the ICC has always been the alternative to peace negotiations with Israel. The PA promised not to go that route as long as negotiations lasted. Who knows if Israel pledged anything close to this. This is what Netanyahu faces if the talks collapse.

      • About time too. Their hopes for achieving peace prevented such measures, as the US must have warned them against doing so.
        They should not hesitate to initiate such complaint, if Israel does not cooperate and agree to peace, and freedom for Palestinians.

  2. No surprise here. The Zionist enterprise like other 19th century nationalist movements are extreme to the core. Racial, Ethnic,Religious supremacy does not recognize the”native” as anything but inferior, and the Uber’s will is to be imposed upon. Natanyahu inherited it all from his right wing father who imigrated from Poland and changed his name to Benzion,”Beloved of God” Extremism par excellance, all being financed by US tax dollars , and that has to always be part of the conversation.

    • Benzion Netanyahu had stated that it was useless to negotiate with Palestinians – they must be shown force.

      He championed Revisionist Zionism and was personal secretary to one of its key theorists – Ze’ev Jabotinsky.

      It was ironic that when he died recently at age 102, his state funeral was not only presided over by Israel’s president Shimon Peres, but the prime minister – his own son.

      Many have thought it ironic that he, as a scholar of the history of Sephardic Jewry and of the persecution they sustained, had taken positions so ruthless against the native Palesinians.

    • No surprise at all. And there is even more affinity than just among the overtly nationalist political ideologies. All four of the essentially utopian European systems which focused on visionary ends in a happier time, Marxism/Leninism, fascism, National Socialism and Zionism, arose out of the great 19th European socialist tradition.

      And politics isn’t linear. We shouldn’t still be thinking in terms of right and left. It describes a circle. And when Nazis and fascists marched off toward what they thought was the right, and Marxists and Zionists toward whey they thought was the left, in fact they ended up cheek by jowel on the other side with far more systemic similarities than they would have admitted upon starting their journeys.

  3. We know what the Zionists’ understanding of the Middle East is-theft of all Palestinian land while holding the “negotiations” at an impasse. Destruction of 534 Palestinian villages during the Nakba-that is the Zionists’ understanding of the Middle East. I’m curious-was that the former King David hotel where McCain gave his press conference? We are seeing it on more and more buses-“No Tax Dollars to Israel”.

  4. Talks between Israel and Palestine are doomed to fail because power only concedes power and Palestine has no power. Muslim countries should ceased to recognize Israel’s right to occupy Palestine and treat Palestine as an independent state. However, they’re not likely to do that.

  5. In a Nov. 10, 1945 meeting with American diplomats brought in from their posts in the Middle East to urge Truman not to heed Zionist urgings, Truman had bluntly explained his motivation:

    “I’m sorry, gentlemen, but I have to answer to hundreds of thousands who are anxious for the success of Zionism: I do not have hundreds of thousands of Arabs among my constituents.”

    Immediately after the plan was adopted, however, extensive fighting broke out between Jews and Arabs, just as US diplomats had predicted. The Arab states categorically rejected the partition by outside parties of an overwhelmingly Arab land.

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