Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Israel Blindsiding Palestine

As you read the following, which looks great at first, watch for the poison pill. It should be easy because I'll highlight it for you.
Twenty-four hours after Palestinian militants began a ceasefire in Gaza, Israel’s Prime Minister sought to maintain the momentum yesterday by offering peace talks leading to the creation of a Palestinian state.

Ehud Olmert said that Israel would release prisoners, withdraw from West Bank Jewish settlements and ease checkpoints if Palestinians abandoned violence.

But although he held out the prospect of “real, open, genuine and serious dialogue” with Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, Mr Olmert’s offer had three conditions. They were for Palestinians to replace Hamas with a new government committed to recognising Israel, implement President Bush’s long-delayed “road map” and release the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit.

“When Gilad Schalit is released and returned to his family, safe and sound, the Government of Israel will be willing to release numerous Palestinian prisoners — including ones who were sentenced to lengthy prison terms,” Mr Olmert said.

The Prime Minister infuriated right-wing critics by offering to reduce roadblocks, evacuate “many territories” in the West Bank and look forward to an “independent and viable Palestinian state . . . with full sovereignty and defined borders”. The key to a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian dialogue is talks in Cairo between Hamas’s supreme leader, Khaled Mashaal , and Egyptian mediators. They are trying to broker a deal that would secure the release of Corporal Schalit in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, and lead to the formation of a Palestinian national unity government.

Yeah, we'll give you your independent state with fixed borders and all, but you have to replace your democratically elected government first. This's a favorite ploy by those who want their magnanimous offer to be rejected.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well or course Israel would call for a change in government for the PA. Hamas is still commited to the destruction of the Israeli state and does not recognize it.

11/29/2006 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger spiiderweb™ said...

Agreed. Its just there will never be agreement with that requirement just as there will never be agreement until Hamas declares it will recognize Israel.

Rock and hard place, no?

11/29/2006 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need to head over there a straighten those people out. I'm sure they could convince them to see the error of the way.

11/30/2006 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger spiiderweb™ said...

Au contraire. I'm positive I could do nothing to help.

11/30/2006 12:59:00 PM  

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