Ha’aretz reports that Israel is asking the US to “prod” the Palestinians back to talks. OK, nothing new there, but what I found interesting was this:
The Prime Minister’s Office said that the conversation with Clinton lasted 45 minutes, and quoted Netanyahu as saying, “Israel is interested in continuous talks with the Palestinians while preserving the security interests of Israeli citizens.”
No doubt, there was some clumsy wording here, but doesn’t that sound an awful lot like Bibi is saying he wants endless negotiations while continuing to go about his business as usual?
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As a matter of fact, PM Shamir in 1992 said it very clearly: I could have gone on talking for 10 years, and in the meantime we would have another half million settlers.
[…] Hamas.” Is there really a choice here? The Israeli government’s intransigence, and its obvious desire to negotiate endlessly while settlements expand doesn’t offer anything for Abbas. Indeed, […]
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