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Netanyahu wants power not peace

25 Mar 2010

BBC News – Israel’s PM talks of ‘golden’ solution to row with US – see excerpts from this article (bulleted) below my comments

So is Netanyahu’s “golden way” to repeat the insult of approving new building WHILE meeting with those who are asking them to stop (not to mention his provocative words in his recent speech to AIPAC)? Netanyahu is not stupid, I believe he knows exactly what he is doing. This is all very calculated. Netanyahu clearly does not want peace, he only wants power. And he doesn’t care if the US “likes” him. Thus he will do what it takes to kill any peace process, including ticking off the American administration – as long as the Americans keep on repeating the “best friends forever” mantra, and, more importantly, giving them $3 BILLION of military aid EACH year. While it is good, I guess, that Obama did not give Netanyahu the usual photo ops and big state welcome, the only way Netanyahu will listen is if the flow of F-16 fighter jets and Apache helicopters stops.
tags: news, Israel, Palestine, settlements, Jerusalem

  • The Palestinians pulled out of moves towards talks two weeks ago, after Israel unveiled plans to build 1,600 homes in the East Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Shlomo.

    The project was approved during a visit by US Vice-President Joe Biden – a move which Washington initially branded an insult.

  • “We think we have found a golden way that would allow the Americans to move the peace process forward while preserving our national interests,” Mr Netanyahu said.
  • Minutes before Mr Netanyahu’s fence-mending visit to the White House on Tuesday, it emerged the Jerusalem municipal government had approved another development.

    Twenty apartments are to be built for Jewish settlers on the site of an old hotel in the predominantly Arab neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

  • He reiterated the American position that there was an “unbreakable bond” between the US and the Israeli people.
  • There was no press conference, no lavish welcome, and the White House did not even release a picture of the meeting.

    It all signals that the US is playing tough, making clear it is upset with the Israeli government, says our correspondent.

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