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Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Thumb in the Chili of Middle East Peace Talks

Or the fly in the ointment. Or the fly in the chili.

The terrorist the US wants to embrace. If there was an Avigdor Lieberman on the Palestinian side, there would be no talks, the US would cut them off an demand they get rid of him, they would allow and facilitate attacks on his life even! Since he's a Jew, we'll "embrace" him.

I'm talking about Avigdor Lieberman.

"I do not believe that a comprehensive agreement with the Palestinians is possible within a year, nor even during the next generation,"


And if this isn't a self fulfilling prophecy, I don't know what is!

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has promised to veto any extension of the building freeze, and said that not only is peace with the Palestinians unachievable, but that it an unattainable goal that would not be reached within a year, or even within a generation.

He doesn't think peace is possible in his generation because he's working for the opposite.

We can't say that Israel doesn't want peace, but when faced with leaders like this, what other conclusion can one draw? Combine that with the good standard of living, freedom (for Jews) of Israelis vs Palestinians and you have a good recipe for the status quo. Can we say no partner for peace? No. That would be a non-starter. I'm a pessimist and trying to shut down discussion. And besides we're talking about Israel, not Palestinians. There are certain things you can and have to say when talking about one or the other.

This speaks to his lack of leadership skills. On top of being a terrorist, that is. And by terrorist, I mean a more recent variety than the run of the mill Jewish terrorist turned Israeli statesman of the Irgun/Stern Gang/etc type. If leaders can't inspire hope and say peace is possible now, the public certainly will follow suit.

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