The Monkey Wrench in Israel-Palestine Talks

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In negotiations with Israel and the U.S., the Palestinians threw down their wildcard this week. When the U.S. and Israel had essentially agreed upon an interim deal that was ludicrously one-sided in favor of Israel, the Palestinians announced they were moving ahead with the one thing that would have been prohibited in interim deal: pursuing further UN recognition.

As always, this will be branded as sabotage by the intransigent Palestinians. Like in the negotiations toward the very end of the Clinton administration, the myth that Yassir Arafat rejected “the best deal he was going to get” and abandoned the talks was propagated to no end, despite it being untrue.

According to the New York Times, the PLO made the provocative announcement to pursue further recognition at the UN “not to derail the peace process,” given that they are still technically in talks for another month or so and that the latest PLO statement says they “remain committed” to the talks until their scheduled end on April 29.

Critically, the interim deal would not have called on Israel to freeze settlement building. The PLO’s announcement could be a bargaining chip to alter the interim deal and pressure Israel to agree to a settlement freeze. This is extremely unlikely, given the apparent refusal of Washington to demand Israel stop building illegal settlements as part of a gradual annexation of the West Bank.

Israel and the U.S. have predictably condemned the PLO move. But this is what happens when you conduct negotiations in which one side has all the power and influence, and the other is kicked to the curb.

It’s hard to be optimistic about the future of these talks. According to Barak Ravid at Haaretz, the details of the interim agreement were just a bunch of “acrobatics” that “were intended to buy more time for sterile talks that are going nowhere.” There are all kinds of commentators trying to be diplomatic and blaming both Netanyahu and Abbas, but talks are “going nowhere” fundamentally because the right-wing leadership in Israel refuses to cede the West Bank to the Palestinians and, plainly, will do anything to prevent a Palestinian state.

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  1. The so called "monkey wrench" was firmly in place since the death of Yasser Arafat. Abbas doesn't have the testicular fortitude as Arafat.

  2. Netanyahu is just the most recent Israeli leader to grind the organ that plays Israeli propaganda while US officials dance like deranged monkeys to the tune. Palestinians may get fair treatment at the UN, against the loud objections of US/Israel, but they will never get it from USG supported "peace talks" that let Israel's leaders do what they want while tying the Palestinians' hands.

  3. Regarding that NYT article on Palestine going to the UN to seek international recognition:

    The real import of this reported 'turning of the gyre' is far greater than currently understood.

    The Palestinian state is essentially pleading to renew its right of sovereignty under what amounts to the 1648 Peace concept of Westphalian sovereignty.

    The apparently individual event of seeking recognition as a nation-state, rather than an "Occupied" territory from the US, Israeli, EU, NATO, IMF, and oft called by Obama and previous US faux-Emperor/presidents the "community of nations" is about revealing the true nature of a Disguised Global Empire, an integrated but well hidden six-sectored; corporate, financial, militarist, media/propaganda, extra-legal, and dual-party Vichy-political Global Empire, which is nominally HQed in our former country but includes others.

    This very same DGE has already gone "a bridge too far" in Ukraine, with Victoia Nuland feeding cookies to the CIA proxy forces in the Empire's "Dark-side" 'secret war' it initiated in Kiev, and is about to have one hell of a "Fonzi jumps the shark" end of series splash.

    Stay tuned to the 'revelations' of the truth.

    Best to all in the fast expanding 'Pro-democracy Anti-Empire' educational and non-violent revolutionary movement (and Party) against this deceitful and Disguised Global EMPIRE, which can't so easily be identified as wearing Red Coats, Red Stars, nor funny looking Nazi helmets —- quite YET!

    Liberty, democracy, and equality
    Over
    Violent ('Vichy' disguised)
    Empire,

    Alan MacDonald
    Sanford, Maine

  4. They don’t want peace. They want the land. It has never been anything but propaganda from the Israeli apartheid state. Watch 5 broken cameras. If every American watched 5 broken cameras support for the apartheid state would plummet. The Palestinian people are brave and couragous to stand up against overwhelming military force like they do.

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