Sunday, March 9, 2008

Between the Lines: Jews Murdered, Abbas Appeased and Ready to Return to Talks

A few days after Mahmoud Abbas/Abu Mazen angrily suspended his farcical negotiations because Israel deigned to defend its citizens from terrorist attacks, he's apparently been appeased enough to resume allowing Israel to propose unreciprocated concessions.

The critical factor appears to be the clear indication, illustrated by the deadly terrorist attack a few days ago at the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, that Israel's defensive measures are still not enough to prevent Palestinian Arab terrorists from succeeding in their drive to murder Jews.

That's the message that appears between the lines in the following Associated Press article:

Israel defends itself: suspend negotiations
Arabs murder Jews: we can now negotiate again

Israeli officials say peace talks to resume in days

Associated Press, Jerusalem - Israeli Palestinian peace talks will proceed within days despite a shooting attack that killed eight students at a Jewish seminary, Israeli officials said Saturday.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity since there has been no official announcement regarding the talks. The comments came hours after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for Israel not to abandon peace efforts after a recent escalation of violence.

The attack in Jerusalem on Thursday and the continuing violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel had threatened to stall the U.S.-backed talks that aim for a peace deal by the end of the year.

Abbas had briefly called off the talks after the recent killing of more than 120 Palestinians, including dozens of civilians, in Israeli military operations in Gaza. The Israeli incursion was in response to rocket fire from the Hamas-controlled territory.

But on Saturday, Abbas urged a continuation of the negotiations.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, in his first response to the Jerusalem shooting attack, called the attack horrible and compared it to the Gaza militants' rocket attacks.

The perpetrators of both intend to make our lives unbearable, he said Saturday.

1 comment:

There is NO Santa Claus said...

>Mr. Olmert, there’s a bit of an argument in the United States - particularly among supporters of Israel - as to whether the United States is pushing the “peace process” and making unreasonable demands of Israel, or whether your government is pulling the administration toward an elusive “peace” with unstable partners.<,650,4027