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Daybreak: No Freeze, Not With This Gov’t

Plus Yitzhak Rabin’s (non-?)legacy, and more in the news

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The cabinent meets last Sunday.(Sebastian Scheiner/AFP/Getty Images))

• A freeze extension is simply not going to pass the Israeli cabinet as currently constituted, a study of the voting breakdown reveals. [JPost]

• Yet, Prime Minister Netanyahu insisted yesterday, current settlement construction will have no impact on any final peace resolution; he called on negotiations to continue. [Haaretz]

• Roger Cohen suggests that President Obama get behind other countries’ implied, tacit support for a U.N. resolution declaring Palestinian statehood in order to pressure Netanyahu into a serious talk about final borders. [NYT]

• Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat argues there can be no peace, or discussion of peace, while settlements are being built. [WP]

• 15 years after his assassination, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s legacy is murky, and fading. [NYT]

• Judd Apatow puts together a star-studded ad for the American Jewish World Service. Gilbert Gottfired, predictably, has the best line. [Jewcy]

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Roger Cohen’s article is reminiscent of the world’s reaction to the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by the former Southern Rhodesia. That “country” was universally condemned, boycotted and isolated until it’s government fell and today we have that paradise known as Zimbabwe. However in this case, Israel is playing the part, not of Rhodesia but of Great Britain. The point is that political correctness rules the day. The “poor and oppressed” are always right-even if they control most of the world’s petroleum resources and wealth. The Arabs always define themselves as part of the “Arab Nation” or Umma- aren’t the poor Palestinains part of that rich grouping? Accepting the 1967 borders would have the victim of the Six Day War begging the losers for peace. What an anomaly! I won’t be stupid and call Cohen an anti-Semite or anything else, but again, Jewish liberalism and the mania for Tikkun Olom ends up as a death wish.
The future of Israel, including its borders is an issue for the Israeli electorate and the Israeli governmnet. Israel must decide once and for all whether it is an independent country or merely a client state. Does the future of Jewish existence depend on Hu Jintao, Sarko, Cameron, Obama and last but not least, the great Hillary Clinton? Whats wrong with Jews? Are we doomed to be perpetual victims or are we just stupid Jerks? Do you ever hear of a Muslim writer attacking the Arab stance on the Middle East. No!
By the way, the UN and State Department must find it difficult to deal with a democracy. Isn’t it more convenient to deal with a dictator like Assad or Mugabe?
I hate to say it, but at the end of the day, maybe this is just a case of anti-Judaism, Semitism or whatever you want to call. Yeah, that’s it. It’s all the Jews fault.

George Iversen says:

It’s very strange that the Palestinian Authority has to be cajoled and bribed to come to each and every round of peace talks, yet the conclusion of people like Roger Cohen is that Israel must be pressured to grant concessions to appease Arab sensibilities. The State of Israel says , “Ok, we’ll give you some concessions and all you have to do is recognize us as the Jewish State”. The response from the PA is “NO WAY.” Abbas produces a map with only Palestine on it. The reaction of people like Cohen is: “We need to pressure Israel.”

Peace is good. We need to strive for it. We need to work for peace; however, we must also be realistic. It’s time some pressure was applied to the Palestinian Authority and it’s allies. It’s time for some concessions and confidence building from the Palestinian Authority.

Dance to the tune that is played. – Spanish Proverb


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