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What this dire situations portends for Israel is precisely what Netanyahu is at the table trying prevent: a future for the Jewish State which does not differ appreciably from the daily terror and insecurity it now faces and has always faced. He must also be cautious not to jeopardize Israeli security further in the name of “peace” — something that the Oslo process tragically achieved. If all Palestinian constituencies are not on board for peace — Hamas and the PFLP are clearly not — and if “moderate” factions are not willing to repudiate or take action against those who readily adopt terroristic measures, which they are clearly not — then Israel has nothing to gain and everything to lose. There is no reason to assist in, or even tolerate, the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state if it will only serve as a stronghold for more Arab terror against Israeli innocents.
Israel may well soon find itself in a different, but equally vexing, predicament: although Abbas is still scheduled to meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to discuss peace matters today (Monday, September 27), the Palestinian leader now claims that to go forward with the process in light of the moratorium expiration, he will have to consult with the Arab League monitoring committee on October 4. This is what will determine a continuation or abandonment of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, according to Abbas.
The chances of this meeting yielding a positive outcome for Israel are small to say the least. Because so much hay was made out of the moratorium extension being a necessary condition for the continuance of negotiations, if the council decides to rescind Palestinian participation, it will be widely perceived that Israeli “intransigence” is to blame. Israeli settlements, now referred to all too commonly, but wrongly, as “illegal” outgrowths, are very unpopular in the international community — thanks to the embrace of Islamist and leftist propaganda. Even President Obama, in an effort to avoid negotiation failure, argued that extending the moratorium just “ma[de] sense.”
If the Arab League allows peace talks to end, Israel’s enemies will have a convenient weapon with which to wage their propaganda war anew. But that’s nothing new for Israel, which, at least, will avoid a “peace deal” that will jeopardize its citizens’ safety even further.
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