Israel awaits the dramatic decisions of Palestinian President Abbas
At the 2012, 67th UN General Assembly, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu became irrelevant. The most overwhelming sign of this were surprising commentaries in the Hebrew media. Despite its main editors being under Netanyahu’s control, the media’s main concern was what will Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas say and do. Politically, Israel became subjugated to Palestine.
This was the result of dramatic events surrounding the UN General Debate. Israel publicly lost the support of its main ally—the USA—on the issue of an attack on Iran; it faces a diplomatic attack from its neighbor Egypt, and fears a Palestinian announcement on the dismantlement of the Palestinian Authority.
Netanyahu is not the man to face such harsh reality with equanimity; in fact Israel panicked and brought out a confused plan to trick Mahmoud Abbas into delivering a pro-Zionist speech. To fulfill this Machiavellian plan, Israel recruited a Jewish Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. But, I’m rushing ahead.
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Prologue: The Entire World is Against Netanyahu
Apparently, President Obama gave up on the Jewish vote for the imminent U.S. presidential elections. After all, never in American history had this minority decided the election’s fate (see Romney, Obama, and the Israeli Vote). Obama is not well-seen in Israel, where he is a popular target of racist caricatures.
According to Hebrew media, Obama and Netanyahu have nil personal relations between them; both gave up on an improvement. This is to such an extent that president Obama gave up not only on the Jewish vote, but also on the Jewish money which is much more influential during a presidential campaign. Oddly enough, this made President Obama free to pursue American interests.
President Obama at UN 67th General Assembly
In recent months Netanyahu was trying to obtain a formal statement from president Obama regarding the red lines that if crossed by Iran would lead to an attack against it by the USA. The details requested by Netanyahu included uranium enrichment levels and weapons development.
One week before the beginning of the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu said “the sooner we establish [red lines], the greater the chances that there won’t be a need for other types of action.” He was referring to military actions by Israel and the USA against Iran. Secretary of State Clinton replied on the same day “we’re not setting deadlines.” This was emphasized by White House spokesman Jay Carney “It is not fruitful as part of this process to engage in that kind of specificity.”
In other words, Netanyahu cannot start a war on Iran. He can’t even threat since he obviously lacks support from America. The USA won’t sacrifice two million sons for the sake of Israel’s belligerent goals.
As expanded in UN General Assembly: Egypt hits Israel, the next one to spoil Israel’s game was Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi. In an interview to the New York Times, which preceded his UN speech, he said “If Washington is asking Egypt to honor its treaty with Israel, he said, Washington should also live up to its own Camp David commitment to Palestinian self-rule.”
In other words, he politely accused Israel of not honoring the peace agreement. Under such circumstances, Egypt cannot be expected to observe it. Netanyahu faces also a third threat, by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is threatening to dismantle the Palestinian Authority if the peace talks with Israel don’t advance.
The result of such a step would be a Third Intifada, which will make the first two look like pale rehearsals to it. Sweating profusely, Netanyahu pulled out of a dusty Mossad drawer an unbelievable plan.
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Netanyahu’s Best Idea
On September 24, 2012, Mahmoud Abbas met American Jewish leaders in New York. Among them was Alan Dershowitz, who is a Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. A supporter of Israel, Dershowitz asked Abbas to adopt the formula he had proposed on June 3, 2012, in a Wall Street Journal editorial and is known as the “Dershowitz Formula.”
Less dramatic than its name, it specifies the conditions for the renewal of the negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Israel, American Jews and Dershowitz himself claim he is in a perfect position to make a fair offer that will be accepted by both sides. Considering his Zionist connections, this claim is highly dubious.
The formula was stated by Professor Dershowitz as “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should now offer a conditional freeze: Israel will stop all settlement building in the West Bank as soon as the Palestinian Authority sits down at the bargaining table, and the freeze will continue as long as the talks continue in good faith.” As typical inJewish affairs, oral conditions were included.
In the meeting with Abbas, the Jewish leaders requested Abbas to “recognize the Jewish link to Israel.” In other words, the Jewish leaders asked the Palestinians to recognize Israel’s Law of return, which defines automatic citizenship to any Jew arriving at Israel. Typically, Israel never defined accurately “Who is a Jew?” This semantic trap allows the Israeli Administration to do what it pleases, regardless of its own laws.
Why should a Jewish-American law professor be considered a fair facilitator in the renewal of the Palestinian-Israeli talks? Not even he is smart enough to answer this. Moreover, he showed an astounding amount of “chutzpah”—Hebrew for “insolence”—when asking something for nothing. We have been there. Israel froze the settlements’ expansion a million times.
Every time it violated the fragile agreement achieved with the Palestinians; the last time this happened was in 2011. There is no reason to believe this time Israel will behave differently. In exchange, Israel requests an important declaration from the Palestinians which would be impossible to deny afterwards.
Netanyahu is trying to distract Abbas, trying to convince him to drop what will probably be an historical speech and replace it with a pro-Zionist speech. Will Abbas succumb to this entrapment attempt?
Tov Roy, www.roitow.com