There are at least four stories out of Annapolis or related to the conference which point up the gathering’s absurdity, waste of time, waste of hot air and why Israel’s concoction of the idea was absurd from birth.
Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA (Independent Media Research and Analysis) writes about a question posed to Mr. Saleh Nazal, Director, Minister’s Office -PA Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs in his weekly commentary;
“the PLO renounces the use of terrorism and other acts of violence” Letter From Yasser Arafat To Prime Minister Rabin: September 9, 1993
“Anyone who did something after the 13th of September [AL: 1993 – Oslo] is out of the deal. They will not qualify for release.” Minister of Environment Yossi Sarid to IMRA 27 June, 1995
“You are talking about people detained for resistance operations that take place during the negotiations between Abu Mazen [AL: aka Mahmoud Abbas] and Mr. Olmert – right? It is the position of the Ministry that all prisoners should be released during this process. They are engaged in resistance against the Israeli occupation – not against the peace process.” Mr. Saleh Nazal, Director, Minister’s Office -PA Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs to IMRA 27 November, 2007- the day of the Annapolis Conference.
That’s Mr. Saleh Nazal, Director, Minister’s Office -PA Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees. Not someone from Hamas.
And he’s not taking an independent stand. “Moderate” Mahmoud Abbas emphasized in his Annapolis address that Israel should stop detaining
All the rhetoric in the world about wanting peace and opposing terror are meaningless if at the very same time the so-called “moderate” Palestinians believe that any Palestinian who manages to murder an Israeli as the negotiations proceed should enjoy amnesty.
This is not a minor faux pas.
This is a fundamental rejection of the very foundation of the entire “peace process”.
The PA position that it is essentially open-Israeli-hunting-season has profound ramifications vis-a-vis the efficacy of Palestinian cooperation in stopping terror.
This cannot and must not be ignored.
Next, it seems that the Olmert regime, including Livni, Barak, Haim Ramon, ‘Mean Meir’ Sheetrit, etc. are in full-court press mode regarding their divestature efforts aimed at severing all connection between Israelis and their Jewish identity.
Expressive of this fact is Olmert’s most recent pronouncements as reported in both Israel National News and in Haaretz;
Jews outside of Israel had no right to participate in decisions about the future of Jerusalem.
“If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights (also for the Palestinians in the territories), then, as soon as that happens, the State of Israel is finished,” Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Haaretz Wednesday, the day the Annapolis conference ended in an agreement to try to reach a Mideast peace settlement by the end of 2008.
“The Jewish organizations, which were our power base in America, will be the first to come out against us,” Olmert said,
“because they will say they cannot support a state that does not support democracy and equal voting rights for all its residents.”
In short, Olmert and his cronies have as much as declared war on Hashem and upon ALL faith-based Jews, be they Orthodox or be they traditional.
Modern-day Israel’s fundamental founding principle is as a Jewish Nation. This bunk about American Jewish organizations coming to equate Israel with South African apartheid is nonsense and not worth the internet space it is written on.
Any self-respecting sovereign government would defend the inalienable right of Jewish nationhood, except of course if it’s leaders were set on a dual path of keeping themselves out of the slammer while establishing an Israel which is secular, athiest and devoid of all Jewish content. As such, this regime, lacking any mandate from the people from whom it has seized governing power, have set themselves up as the ultimate Kapos.
This bunk about American Jewish organizations coming to equate Israel with apartheid is pure nonsense. Olmert is banking on American Jews losing all connection with Israel and with their thousands of years of Jewish roots and thus losing sight of what Israel is or means. They press hard to create their own self-fulfilling prophesy.
But if the world’s Jews, particularly American Jews severed connection with Israel, where would the gravy-train from which, as Moshe Feiglin recently wrote; “the ‘inner circle’… live well” originate?
A principle as espoused by Rav Meir Kahane z’l in the years before his murder, Israel will either be led by a faith-based leader, or it’ll be led by Arafat. Well, Arafat is pushin’ up daisies, but will Israel cease to be Jewish and be headed by Abbas, Ismail Haniya, Khaled Mashaal?
What more humiliating international diplomatic spectacle to submit the Jews to than this?
Is Tzippy Livni the village idiot or what? Are Israeli officials fools for understanding the failure to engage Livni “as evidence that the Arab world had not changed its fundamental policy that there would be no warming of relations with Israel until after a deal…”? Isn’t the shunting of Livni something that they should have surmised and prepared for all along?
Not only is Livni the Foreign Minister of the hated Israel, but, in case anyone noticed, she’s of the female gender. Have Islamics ever exchanged “diplomacy” or engaged in negotiations with a female? Not to this author’s recollection.
Frankly, she has no business heading a diplomatic effort and she speaks negligible English. As stated in a recent blog post, Livni is a diplomatic underweight. Further, a female should not be placed as head of a negotiating team where one party knows full well that the other party or parties do not engage women in public view.
Livni to Arabs at Summit: Stop Treating Me Like a Pariah (Jerusalem Post)
“Stop treating me as a pariah,” Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told Arab delegates to the Annapolis conference on Tuesday, according to The Washington Post.
Livni and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke to the summit’s attendees in a closed-door session following the televised addresses by American, Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Many of these represented Arab nations that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel.
“Why doesn’t anyone want to shake my hand?” she asked in a dramatic address to the assembled representatives. “Why doesn’t anyone want to be seen speaking to me?”
Arab Representatives Shun Livni, by Herb Keinon (Jerusalem Post)
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni failed in attempts to set up meetings in Annapolis or Washington with colleagues from the Arab world, even though the summit was designed to show international support for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Livni, who was interested in meeting some of the 15 representatives from the Arab and Muslim world at the conference who do not have ties with Israel, only held a meeting in Washington with Salaheddin al-Bashir, the Jordanian foreign minister whose country does have full diplomatic ties with Israel. That meeting took place Wednesday in Washington.
The Jerusalem Post has learned that there was also some pre-summit talk of Livni flying to one of the North African countries – Morocco or Tunisia – on her way home from Washington, but that this also failed to materialize.
Israeli officials interpreted this as evidence that the Arab world had not changed its fundamental policy that there would be no warming of relations with Israel until after a deal, and that normalization was one of the Arab world’s major bargaining chips.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, likewise, did not hold any public meetings with any of the Arab representatives, and sufficed with pleasantries and handshakes with a few of them – the representatives from Qatar, Bahrain, Morocco and Pakistan – after delivering his speech Tuesday in Annapolis.
The Arab states present at the conference included Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
The Muslim states who participated were Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey.
One last point, for those not previously disabused of alleged friendly relations between Israel and the seat of Christian power, the Vatican;
Cardinal Renato Martino [head of the Vatican department for refugee policy] says ‘Palestinian refugees, like all other refugees, have a right to right to return to their homeland.
In other words, the Vatican supports a group who were transients, nomads on the land over the Jews and our divine heritage and legacy of the Land of Israel spanning thousands of years. MB