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April 28, 2013 11:44 am

Senior Israeli Official: Obama Understands that Mahmoud Abbas Won’t Allow Peace Deal

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas (right) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Photo: wiki commons.

A senior Israeli diplomatic source has told Israeli daily Israel Hayom that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is willing to make significant progress toward a peace deal, but “everybody knows” that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas won’t allow this.

“U.S. President Barack Obama understands today that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is not interested in reaching an agreement with Israel,” said the official, a regular participant in policy-making.

At the moment the peace process is stalled because of the Palestinian Authority demand for a freeze in Jewish development in Judea, Samaria and parts of Jerusalem. In public statements made in Jerusalem and Ramallah, Obama rejected preconditions for the renewal of peace talks.

Among other demands, Abbas is also insisting that Netanyahu present a map of the final borders of a future Palestinian state. The Prime Minister’s Office strongly rejects this demand, saying borders should be the last core issue discussed. Israel Hayom reports that “Israeli officials believe Abbas is demanding a border map to spark internal controversy in Israel over settlements that would not remain inside the country.”

The senior diplomatic official said that the relationship between Netanyahu and Obama was “very good.” The official said Obama “opened a new page and during his recent trip to Israel proved that he came as a friend.”

The official said that the popular assessment among Israeli officials is that the Obama administration shifted its approach to Israel due to the consequences of the Arab Spring.

“Netanyahu is prepared to reach a true peace agreement, but everyone knows there is no partner for that at this time,” the senior diplomatic official said. He said that while Israel was ready to make concessions and gestures, Abbas is torpedoing the process. The official pointed to Abbas’ attempt to form a unity government with Hamas, a move that would preclude peace negotiations between Israel and Abbas.

The official said he believed that Abbas’ policy was to “stay in place.”

“Abbas saw that after the disengagement [Israel’s pullout from the Gaza Strip in 2005], despite the relative strength he had there with 35,000 fighters against the 4,000 of Hamas, Hamas expelled him,” the official said. “In light of the events taking place in Arab countries in the Middle East, he does not want the same thing to happen in Judea and Samaria.”

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  • Ilbert Phillips

    What is sad about this whole process of that the Obama administration should be straight with the world the way Clinton was after Camp David. Iran and the Arabs do not want peace with Israel. In his first term, President Obama’s naivete in demanding that Israel stop building in settlements and move back to the 47′ lines as the starting point in negotiations and asking Israel to stop building in “East” Jerusalem, as a condition to talks, in fact pushed peace away, if that is possible. The Muslims (this included Iran) are willing to wait a thousand years to defeat Israel. They do not want peace and they do not care if their people suffer. So be it.

  • Michael Dixon

    Abbas is kept in power by Western (European-US) in order to stalemate unfriendly (variously defined, always Shiite and Iranian-allied) Arab control over Gaza and the West Bank. It was too expensive to sustain his control over Gaza, so the US relied, less happily and less expensively (perhaps, in the short term) on Egypt. Abbas has no book, mission, charge, portfolio, etc. for peace with Israel. His job is to participate in “balancing” or “neutering” Hamas and other “unfriendly” control over the West Bank and Gaza. The US has not decided to whom to give the “West bank” and “Gaza” and, right now, they create a lucrative arms market, excellent testing for security and policing strategies and weaponry.

  • H.Givon

    All the talk of a ‘peace process’ is meaningless; the conflict is not about land. It is a clash of civilizations. The goal of today’s Islamists is the destruction of democracy and its replacement by a worldwide caliphate and sharia for all. It is not a secret but highly publicized by radical Islam daily.

  • Larry A. Singleton

    The following is some “comments” and my “education”. I would strongly urge everybody who’s not familiar with the “right of return” issue to read “The Haj” by Leon Uris. There’ll be questions afterwards 🙂 Like:

    What year did the nation of Palestine come into existance?
    What were its national borders and what year did it cease to exist?
    What currency did the nation of Palestine use and why is there no history of it?
    Name one leader to the “nation of Palestine” prior to Yasser Arafat.

    Martin Kramer:
    Gaza is a place with no Israeli settlements, from which Israel has totally withdrawn to the 1967 lines, and which nonetheless has become a Hamas terror state. That’s what happens in conditions of Gazafication. So when people say that in a two-state solution, Palestinians would have a “right of return” to the West Bank and not Israel, I do not find that particularly reassuring either. Any influx of Palestinians across the Jordan poses a problem for Israel, and it is naive to dismiss it. I would like to hear how, in a two-state scenario, Gazafication of the West Bank can be prevented. I haven’t heard it yet.

    If Islam is the religion of peace, where in Abdullah bin Humaid’s article on jihad can I find the equivalent of “Love Thy Neighbor”? “and good will toward men”? And explain its prominence, and significance almost as an “Introduction”, in a book that’s considered second only to the Koran: My Summarized Sahih Al-Bukhari. Also address “jihad” as it’s defined in Reliance of the Traveller and answer the same question. (Chapter O-9.0: Jihad O: Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion.) Also compare Humaid’s “jihad” and Emmet Fox’ Sermon on the Mount and tell me which one best represents a spirit of Love and compassion.

    The Haj by Leon Uris
    The Source by James Michener
    Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld, (CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood), That’s Conspiring to Islamize America by Gaubatz and Sperry
    Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America by Brigitte Gabriel
    Slavery, Terrorism and Islam, (and Holocaust in Rwanda), by Peter Hammond
    The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism by Andrew G. Bostom
    The Legacy of Jihad by Andrew G. Bostom MD
    A Concise History of the Crusades by Thomas F. Madden
    The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America by David Horowitz
    Ivory Towers On Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America by Martin Kramer
    Indoctrination U: The Left’s War Against Academic Freedom by David Horowitz
    Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores by Michelle (the hottest woman on the planet) Malkin
    Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives have Penetrated Washington by Paul Sperry
    American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us by Steven Emerson
    The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America by Andre C. McCarthy
    Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance by Pamela Geller
    Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    The Book of Jewish Knowledge by Nathan Ausubel
    Justice Not Vengeance by Simon Wiesenthal
    The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin’s Russia by Tim Tzouliadis
    The New Moody Atlas of the Bible by Barry J. Beitzel
    The Al Qaeda Reader by Raymond Ibrahim
    Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law
    Sahih al-Bukhari (With Sheikh Humaid’s article on Jihad and plug by Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid)
    The Koran: Pickthall
    Quran: Yusuf Ali: Translated by Prof. Syed Vickar Ahmed
    Holy Qur’an with Commentary: Maulana Muhammad Ali
    The Second Message of Islam by Mahmoud Mohamed Taha

    • Frances

      It’s actually a lot simpler than you make it: The Arabic Alphabet doesn’t have the letter “P” so no Arabic people could call themselves “P”alestinian, even if they wanted to. Not only is the “P”alestinian narrative a fraud, their name is one too.

  • As a pre-condition to “peace-talks” Abbas is insisting that Netanyahu present him a map of the final borders of a so-called “Palestinian state” ?
    I would make a precondition that Abbas present Netanyahu with his version of the final borders of the Jewish State.
    I am curious as to what they consider what doesn`t belong to them ?
    It would also be interesting to know what they intend to do with Jewish Holy sites ?
    Perhaps a preview would be to look at what the Jordanians did to Jewish Holy sites after capturing East Jerusalem and Hevron in 1948 until 1967, when they were liberated by the I.D.F.

  • Jill Skriver

    Be careful Israel. Islam permits, even commands Muslims to lie and deceive to further their cause. Not another inch should be surrendered for ANY reason. Abbas or Hamos should never be trusted and pressure should be put on Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran…. All the countries that have attacked Israel and expelled 900,000 Jews can now absorb the Palestinians.

    • Could Obama be using this part of his holy Koran to deceive Israel by pretnding to be her friend?

  • Has President Obama become a true friend of Israel? With regard to China in the 1930’s and the 1940’s, Chiang Kai Shek used to say that the Japanese are like a disease of the skin, while Mao’s communists are like cancer. In the same vein, the Palestinians are now for Israel like a skin disease, while Iran’s race to nuclear weapons is like cancer. The Obama administration could conceivably betray Israel in the relatively lesser matter of “peace” negotiations with the Palestinians and/or it can betray Israel with regard to the key question of Iran’s race to nuclear weapons. The latter scenario is one wherein the USA ultimately never acts to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons, while at the same time preventing Israel from making a timely attack on Iran. Whether or not President Obama has really changed his stripes with respect to Israel has to be measured in terms of how things play out on the nuclear weapons file, i.e. with respect to Iran’s race to nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.

  • Salomon

    The official said Obama “opened a new page and during his recent trip to Israel proved that he came as a friend.”

    Wow, I am very touched, I am weeping…

  • Pamela Deane Chester

    Does Abbas recognize Jerusalem as the “capital” of Israel? I know the UN does not; however, I do not know why.

    • Apparently US does not either. They have not moved the embassy to Jerusalem as dictated by Congress numerous times and further the US refuses to reconize Jerusalem as part of Israel on birthcertificates of Americans born there. It merely says Jerusalem withut any country according to what I’ve read.

  • rofedoc

    Am Yisrael Chai:
    Be fruitful, prosper, multiply and BUILD

    • Dafna Yee

      I agree with you. It is essential that Israel continues to proclaim its sovereignty over Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria by building as much and as quickly as possible.

  • if Abbas agrees to peace he will be killed by his Arab brothers.

    • Dafna Yee

      Don’t worry about Abbas; there is as much chance of Abbas being a true peace partner as him flying to the moon!