According to the 8 AM news on Reshet Bet, Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned that without an agreement with the Palestinians, Israel’s position in the international community would deteriorate and that efforts to de-legitimize Israel’s existence will intensify.
This is news?
Barak is the grand chest master from Chelm.
He always manages to outmaneuver himself – tripping up even before he sets out.
His political and diplomatic ineptitude amazes given his early military career.
Obviously Barak is trying to placate the fading Labor Party about the stagnant "peace process."
Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer (not a Barak enemy) has given PM Netanyahu a two-month window of opportunity to make "progress on the diplomatic front."
What is the point of putting pressure on your own side when the real obstacle continues to be Palestinian Arab intransigence? Why not give Mahmoud Abbas a two month window?
We Israelis know we need peace and acceptance. The Arabs do too.
That is why the Arabs won't give it to us.
Making it appear as if we are the ones holding things up -- something the world already believes either because of lack of understanding or something more sinister does not help.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Ehud Barak in Washington
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