[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: It's been the radical left's fantasy "solution"
for the problem of the pesky settlers for over a decade: pull out the IDF
and let those @#!@#^%!@# settlers fend for themselves.
Here is the super dream scenario:
Step #1 IDF pulls back.
Step #2 Nature takes its course and a few settlers are murdered. [The
lefties have no illusions].
Step #3 Emergency evacuation.
and now, the best part:
Step #4 Since the settlers ran for their lives on their own accord, there is
no compensation for them and to make matter even "better", they are still
stuck paying the mortgages on the properties they abandoned. The idea:
these @#!@#^%!@# settlers will be too busy struggling to make ends meets to
have the time to engage in any protest or political activity.
The question isn't if PM Netanyahu is really "willing to establish an
interim Palestinian state without a final agreement".
The question is what kind of morality guides people like Mr. Beilin who
suggests such schemes as leaving settler to fend for themselves? ]
'PM said he'd okay provisional Palestinian state'
By SAM SOKOL The Jerusalem Post 01/29/2013 03:20
Former deputy FM Beilin says Netanyahu won't sign comprehensive deal, but
could settle for interim Palestinian state.
While not ready to sign a comprehensive peace deal, Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu is willing to establish an interim Palestinian state without a
final agreement, former deputy foreign minister Yossi Beilin said on Monday.
Speaking during a debate with outgoing settlement council head Danny Dayan,
Beilin stated that he had heard from Netanyahu that he would be ready for
establishing a “provisional border with the Palestinians.”
“This is something that I heard from him that he would be ready to do it,”
The debate, held at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, was organized by
the American Jewish Committee.
“Both sides prefer a permanent agreement but are not ready for it under
either’s current leadership,” Beilin continued.
Beilin, who was one of the primary architects of both the Oslo Accords and
the Geneva Initiative, a framework for peace negotiated outside of official
government channels, noted that “what can be done is an interim agreement
which establishes a Palestinian state in provisional borders so that
Netanyahu will not have to negotiate now about Jerusalem.”
“Netanyahu, far from being a warmonger, is a very cautious person and
therefore not the one [to sign] a permanent agreement. This is not because
he doesn’t want it but because he is not ready to pay the price.”
Beilin negated the possibility of an accord such as his Geneva Initiative
being workable in the current political climate or with the “current
He also asserted that instead of the prime minister being forced to deal
with the issue of forcibly evacuating settlements, any settlers who would
wish to remain in their homes under Palestinian sovereignty would be allowed
to do so. Those not wishing to live within a Palestinian state would be
resettled, Beilin said, possibly even in other areas over the green line
that Israel would retain.
“Knowing Bibi,” he said, using Netanyahu’s nickname, “I believe an interim
solution could be realistic.”
However, the Prime Minister’s Office denied Beilin’s statements. Speaking to
The Jerusalem Post in response to Beilin’s comments, PMO officials noted
that Netanyahu “believes in direct negotiations with the Palestinians with
no preconditions that would lead to, as described in the Bar-Ilan speech, a
two-state solution based on a demilitarized Palestinian state that
Settlement council head Dayan also had an alternative peace plan on hand.
Currently, he said, Israel and the Palestinians “are devising a modus
vivendi that is moderately satisfying for everyone. It’s not idyllic or what
we or Palestinians want, but it’s moderately satisfying, and in this region
it’s a hell of an achievement.”
There is currently no long-term solution, he said, but should Jordan
experience regime change, it may be possible to push the idea of Jordan as a
“There is a significant chance for two states, Israel west of the Jordan
River and Palestine to the east, with joint functional control over Judea
and Samaria, although not shared sovereignty,” he speculated. “That will be
the beginning of serious negotiations, in which Israel [eventually] rules
the Jewish population there and Palestine rules the territory in which their
people live there.”
The debate was held during a dinner for the Board of Governors Institute of
the AJC, which is currently in Israel as part of a regional tour.
AJC director David Harris, whose staff organized the debate, noted that
members of the board were granted an audience with King Abdullah of Jordan
in Amman on Sunday and had met with both President Shimon Peres and Prime
Minister Netanyahu on Monday.
“This evening is sort of quintessential AJC,” Harris noted. “We always have
a major debate as part of our programming. We invite people who are
thoughtful and reasoned but have certain perspectives on key issues. We
listen to them respectfully and we process the information. Tonight’s debate
was very much in that spirit.”