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Isaac Herzog Tried to Give Aways Judaism’s Holiest Sites, Now Says Netanyahu Is ‘Groveling’ to Turkey

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) with Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog.  Photo: GPO.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) with Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog. Photo: GPO.

From the Times of Israel last week:

 Opposition leader Isaac Herzog held secret talks with PA President Mahmoud Abbas during the 2014-2015 election cycle, and agreed to cede the entire West Bank and East Jerusalem to the Palestinians as part of a future peace deal, according to report published on Thursday.

Herzog’s negotiator, former minister Efraim Sneh, and a Palestinian Authority representative who remained unnamed reached an agreement under which Palestinian refugees would receive financial compensation, the Western Wall would remain under Israeli control, and Israel would retain a “symbolic” military presence in the Jordan Valley, alongside Palestinian and Jordanian soldiers, Channel 10 reported.

“I learned that there is someone to talk with, something to talk about, and that we can arrive at understandings on everything,” Sneh said of the negotiations.

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The Palestinian refugee issue was to be settled based on UN Resolution 194 and the Arab Peace Initiative, according to the report, with financial compensation for the majority of refugees and a “symbolic” return for some based on a “joint decision.”

The Temple Mount, the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Rachel’s Tomb and other holy sites in Judea and Samaria would no longer be under Jewish control. Herzog would agree that descendants of 1948 refugees would get compensation.

All in return for a piece of paper.

So forgive me if Herzog’s criticism of Netanyahu’s deal with Turkey sounds a little less than sincere:

Opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday of groveling before Turkey, by agreeing to pay out compensation to families of 10 Turkish citizens killed in confrontations with IDF soldier aboard a Gaza-destined flotilla in 2010 as part of a reconciliation deal with Ankara.

“The agreement with Turkey is a part of the pattern of the prime minister’s activities. He starts with big declarations, moves on to promises, and winds up groveling,” Herzog wrote in a post on his Facebook page.

“Restoring relations with Turkey is an important diplomatic goal but compensating the attackers of IDF troops is inconceivable, especially when those signing onto the deal are the Netanyahu-Lieberman-Bennett trio.”

There may be legitimate criticism of the Turkey deal (I haven’t delved into it, but at first glance it looks like Turkey did a lot more groveling than Israel did), but Herzog’s criticism sounds very hollow.

Accepting that millions of Arabs have a right to return, even if that “right” is not exercised, is a much greater grovel than paying 10 families.

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