140s for 11 March 2010

No, no, no, I’m really not trying to beat up on Joe, but…

SmileyJoe_INN_35719 He keeps saying the darndest things! Today United States VP Joe Biden is quoted in Israel National News as having told the Israeli people, in praise of Palestinian Authority President and terrorist organization Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen):

easter_bunny_stmarys President Obama believes in Abu Mazen.

find-santa-claus-10 All right, I know that’s a little out of context, but not much. The context of the statement was that the Prez has every confidence in Abbas as a stable national leader who is fully capable of entering into state negotiations with Israel. I’m not going to take the time to go into all the details here, but very little could be further from the truth. In all fairness to Joe and the Big O, though, I must confess that I also at one time did believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. But I’m quite sure I’ve never believed in Abu Mazen.

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No, no, no, I’m really not trying to beat up on Joe – but he keeps getting in the way, dangit!

Ramat-Shlomo-WEB So, after his harsh condemnation yesterday of what is actually normal routine construction in a city over which he has no jurisdiction, he not only passes the buck today (saying, in effect, “I was only following orders”), but he performs further verbal gyrations by retroactively labeling his unwarranted meddling as somehow stating some sort of needed truth. Gosh, don’t you see that I’m your best friend, Israel, because “quite frankly, folks, only a friend can deliver the hardest truth,” he says. Well, Joe, there are those who beg to differ that what you’d said yesterday was at all true, let alone the least bit well intentioned.

Joe Biden under image of Arafat And didn’t you just say yesterday that you support a contiguous Palestinian state at the expense of Israel’s contiguity? That’s not something a friend would say, Joe.

If I live in a rough neighborhood, and gang members want to set up shop in my front yard and also have a clear path through my house, and you say you think they should be able to do just that, and I should just stuff a sock in it – well, Joe, I’m pretty sure that means you’re not really my friend. Not in the least.

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Well, what do you know – I’m finally able to get away from Joe! He’s off to Jordan next – hopefully he can stay out of trouble there.

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If you’ve been following the story of Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas co-founder Sheik Hassan Yousef, you may know that what led to his coming over to the Israeli side was witnessing the incredible cruelty and torture handed out by other jailed Hamas leaders against other Arabs whom they even remotely suspected of collaboration. That this sort of thing is not at all rare is confirmed in a BBC interview reported today in Ynet news. As the article relates,

Two former Palestinian prisoners, one from Fatah and one from Hamas, gave accounts of their experiences in Palestinian jail. The two unfurled testimonies of a web of serious abuse at the hands of Palestinian investigators, both from Hamas and the Fatah-affiliated Palestinian security services.

Read the details here if you’d like; I’d rather move on.

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Finally for today, this is not really new news, but it bears refreshing. While a certain emissary from the White House (whose name I’d rather not mention, but his initials are JRB, Jr.) has been running loose casting doubt on Israel’s sincerity with regard to negotiating for peace, this piece by Efraim Inbar in Jerusalem Post points out that the reality is quite the opposite. As he puts it,

BLAMING NETANYAHU for the current impasse assumes that the insatiable Palestinians must be placated at the expense of vital security interests, such as demilitarization of the West Bank and maintaining control over the Jordan Valley and Greater Jerusalem. Ascribing responsibility to Netanyahu for the impasse also wrongly assumes that the Palestinians have displayed flexibility in their approach to Israel. Yet it is they who insist on preconditions for resuming the talks. Even Netanyahu’s decision for the 10-month freeze on building in the settlements was rejected by the PLO.

As a matter of fact, it is the Palestinians who are dragging their feet in the peace negotiations. Abbas in his May 2009 Washington Post interview emphasized that he is in no hurry to negotiate and that he expects the Americans to force Israel to accept the Palestinian conditions. His prime minister, Salam Fayyad, announced a plan to unilaterally establish a Palestinian state in two years instead of a state emerging from negotiations.

Both “moderate” leaders honor suicide bombers as martyrs and provide their families with state pensions. They allow the PA-controlled media, education system and mosques to continue to promote rabid anti-Semitism. Both reject recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

Unfortunately, Palestinian society in Gaza and in the West Bank is under the spell of Hamas, which has not accepted Israel’s right to exist. Consequently, the Palestinians are not moving in the direction of compromise and reconciliation.

Netanyahu’s government probably has no illusions about the ability of the Palestinians to reach an agreement and implement it in the near future, but Netanyahu keeps the option of negotiations open. In contrast, the Palestinians’ goal is to extract concessions without negotiations, hoping that Washington and/or the international community will pressure Israel into accepting Palestinian demands.

So, Joe, why don’t you bring this up with your buddy Abu some time, eh?

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