Deception: Netanyahu's strategy for fending off Obama
by MainStreet, Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 05:25:26 PM EST
...and the two state solution.
This diary features an article by Alan Hart concerning Israel's current strategy in dealing with the Obama administration's intent to bring an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict via the long awaited two state solution. Such a solution is obviously unwanted by Israel's present Likud government in spite of claims to the contrary, as it was in the past with other Israeli governments, save for a short period under Labor PM Rabin in the early 90s.
Netanyahu's peace avoidance strategy is not new.
This is Yitzhak Shamir, a Likud party leader, talking about his tactics negotiating peace with the Palestinians when he was the Israeli PM:
"I could have carried on autonomy talks for ten years and meanwhile we would have reached a half million people in Judea and Samaria."
And here is the former head of IDF intelligence IDF Gen Yehoshafat Harkabi's explanation of Israeli negotiating strategy in Maariv (2 November 1973):
"We must define our position and lay down basic principles for a settlement. Our demands should be moderate and balanced, and appear to be reasonable. But in fact they must involve such conditions as to ensure that the enemy rejects them. Then we should manoeuvre and allow him to define his own position, and reject a settlement on the basis of a compromise position. We should then publish his demands as embodying unreasonable extremism".
It is a strategy of deception that has marked Israeli peace making extending back even beyond Oslo. While it's certainly good propaganda to convince people that you are working in good faith when you clearly aren't, at the end of the day, it leads no where, which is precisely its purpose. In truth, Israel's deceptive propaganda has only worked in the US, not at all in Europe or the Middle East or among the Palestinians. Hence, the uniform reaction to Netanyahu's freeze proposal among the Palestinians.
This article from Alan Hart essentially defines deception as the strategy being taken today by Israel's PM Bibi Netanyahu. It is just the repetition of an old tactic, deception.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu described his offer to temporarily restrict construction of all-new Jewish settlements on the West Bank excluding Arab East Jerusalem as a "far-reaching and painful step", which was part of a policy he hoped would give a new impetus to peace talks.
Netanyahu is not stupid. He knows that some of us know he is not remotely interested in peace on terms the Palestinians could accept. So what then is his real game plan of the moment? Simple. He is seeking to make peace with the Obama administration. And its response suggests that with the help of the Zionist lobby and its stooges in Congress he's got that matter firmly under control.
On 18 November President Obama himself expressed his dismay at Israel's decision to approve 900 more housing units in East Jerusalem. He said it could lead to a "dangerous situation" because it made it harder for Israel to make peace in the region and "embitters the Palestinians." Eight days later the Obama administration says Netanyahu's new offer, which stresses that there will be no restrictions, not even temporary ones, on new settlement development in East Jerusalem, will help "move forward" peace efforts.
What nonsense. It seems to me that the Obama administration doesn't know whether it's coming or going on the matter of how to deal with Netanyahu.
The response of senior Palestinian legislator Mustafa Barghouti was much more in tune with reality. "What Netanyahu announced today is one of his biggest attempts at deception in his history."
The remainder of Hart's article provides the early history behind the Zionist's recognition that deception would be essential in order to bring about a "state" for the Jewish people. The problem today is that deception is no longer necessary. But it is still driving the conflict as seen in Netanyahu's recent ploys to avoid Obama's peace initiative.