“Pushing Fayyad to the wall and refusing to make concession to leaders like him ”
What did Fayyad ask?
The Israeli already made territorial concessions and settlement closures.
On the major settlement blocs, Mr. Bush said, “In light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli populations centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949.” Several previous administrations had declared all Israeli settlements beyond the “1967 borders” to be illegal. Here Mr. Bush dropped such language, referring to the 1967 borders — correctly — as merely the lines where the fighting stopped in 1949, and saying that in any realistic peace agreement Israel would be able to negotiate keeping those major settlements.
On settlements we also agreed on principles that would permit some continuing growth. Mr. Sharon stated these clearly in a major policy speech in December 2003: “Israel will meet all its obligations with regard to construction in the settlements. There will be no construction beyond the existing construction line, no expropriation of land for construction, no special economic incentives and no construction of new settlements.”
I’m wary about ascribing too much morality to Fayyad, but he is indeed relatively pragmatic and rational. How sad that this makes him stand out among the Palestinian Arab leadership. And how sad that he has almost no power base.
You, and the substance of your consistently accurate analysis, are why I want to go to into a career of foreign policy.
Fine, but problematic gushing over
Fayyad-he and the rest of the PLO
“moderates” reside over a terror state
that incites killing of Jews in its
media, schools, and mosques. He is upset
but only because the Pal. aren’t doing
the killing. See how they name streets and
camps after their terrorists.
I agree that such words from any Palestinian should be encouraged, as you have done here — we’ll take whatever we can get, after all. So then not to quibble, but does Mr. Fayyad say the same thing, in Arabic, to the Palestinians themselves? From Yasser Arafat on, history has taught us well that what Palestinians say IN ARABIC, to Palestinians especially but also to the entire Islamic world (Arabic-speaking and otherwise), is all that really matters.
Am I wrong?
“Pushing Fayyad to the wall and refusing to make concession to leaders like him….”
Oh stuff and nonsense. There’s a long, loooooong, history of territorial concessions to this or that or the other “Palestinian” and none, zero, nada, niente, have led to peace.
It is a consistent error of the intellectual insanity on this whole issue that “just a little more land,” “just a leetle extra concession” will somehow bring about peace in this area.
One would think at this point everyone would see that this is wrong. But no. We have this continuing revamping of the “image” of the “well-meaning” Palestinian leader who just needs a teeny-weeny leetle bit of a concession to make real peace happen.
Mead. Snap out of it!
“…serious leaders with the kind of moral insight that could someday lead to peace can be found.” Now, WRM where do we look and perhaps the answers/leaders to be found posteriorly are yet developing under historically grievous circumstances.
This just in from Dan Friedman’s newsletter:
” The solution to Israel’s dilemma won’t be found worshipping manufactured icons or old bromides. After 20 years, mercifully “land for peace” is on its death bed and there’s nothing in line to succeed it. Why do you think the Beinarts and the Tom Friedmans sound so petulant and panic-stricken? They’ve simply run out of new ideas to help Israel commit assisted-suicide.
Today’s reality insists Israel has to become more Jewish, not less. “
To elaborate on my previous comment, Fayyad serves at the sufferance of Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction, and this only because of Fayyad’s good relations with Western bigwigs. Since Fayyad has almost no independent support among the Palestinian Arabs, any deal Israel makes with him is close to worthless.
“No Palestinian child can accept a crime that targets innocent people.” So we should take the dancing in the streets by Palestinians of all ages on 9/11 as what? A mirage in that desert of a place? Or just one more of those convenient lapses of memory by which history can be twisted to fit into the narrative of the day.
Where his comments made on an English-language or an Arabic-language web site? If you relied on an English-language website, were his remarks the same on the Arabic-language site?
I fear that this question must be asked and answered for any comments by a Palestinian leader.
I find that I agree with Gerard. I must be wrong.
While I applaud the remarks of Fayyad he ignores the anti-Semitic ideology that has for years been indoctrinated in the children of Palestine. He also ignores the targeting of Israeli children by Palestinian terrorists.