WH about to make disastrous mistake? Yossi Beilin thinks so

Posted: November 18th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: In the News, The Left, The Settlements, the US and us | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Yossi Beilin, the former head of Meretz party, who is known for his good sources on both Israeli and Palestinian sides, believes the current path the US administration is taking in its effort to restart negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians might lead to the collapse of the Palestinian Authority.

“I’m afraid we are facing disaster,” Beilid said.

Ynet’s Attila Somfalvi reports:

During a ceremony at the Jaffa residence of French Ambassador Chritophe Bigot (…) Beilin said he has learned that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to declare a 10-month settlement freeze. According to him, the Palestinian will not accept such a move and may dissolve as a result.

Beilin said the construction freeze will not include Jerusalem or building in the West Bank that is aimed at accommodating “natural growth” within the Jewish communities there.

“The Americans will say they had nothing to do with the declaration but that it indicates major progress and will call for resuming peace negotiations. The Palestinians will say, ‘No’,” according to Beilin.

“Such an announcement will create a vacuum, because the Palestinians will say that this marks the first time that the Americans recognize Israeli construction in the territories,” said the former Knesset member, “This may lead to the PA’s collapse.”

On the Hebrew version of the article, appears the PM’s office response: “there are different diplomatic ideas, but there is no decision yet.” Notice that this is not a denial.

Now listen to this:

Beilin also criticized the US’ Mideast policy, saying President Barack Obama first year in office was “wasted.”

“Instead of conducting negotiations similar to those held in Madrid, (special Mideast envoy George) Mitchell failed,” he said.

The only way out of this mess, and this Beilin didn’t say, is for the administration to declare that a partial freeze of the settlements is a non-starter. But judging from the White House’s conduct so far, there is little hope this will happen.

One Comment on “WH about to make disastrous mistake? Yossi Beilin thinks so”

  1. 1 Meyrick Kirby said at 4:26 pm on November 18th, 2009:

    A disastrous mistake? Yes, but for whom?