Saturday, October 02, 2010

The Arabs Being Arabs

In dog bites man news, the Palestinian Authority is pulling out of talks with Israel.

It was predictable. This time, their complaint was thatIsrael refused to extend a ban o construction within Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Note, this is not the same as new construction projects. It was a refusal to extend a ban on projects that had already been begun and would not expand the territory which the settlements always take up.

Abbas aide Nabil Abu Rdeneh, spokesman for the PA's head, Mahmoud Abbas, stated

"The Palestinian position is clear, ...[t]here will be no negotiations as long as settlement building continues."

Nice of them to be so touchy about buildings going up, or perish the thought, being completed. What would it be like if Israel took a similar position? There would be international condemnation, the Obama administration would find some way to deny more support from Israel. Of corse, the Israel statement would read something like this:

The State of Israel will no longer negotiate with the Palestinian Authority because they have failed to honor any of their promises in anyone agreements signed beginning with the Oslo Accords of 1993. This includes failing to amend their charter to accept the existence of the State of Israel, failing to end the use and support of terrorism against the people of Israel, ...

Good job Abbas. On the one hand, a road to peace and statehood.m On the other giving e hard line militants an excuse to start killing again. But it seems you would rather destroy than create.

I'm just sorry that this is going to hurt Israel and her citizens more.

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