Israel Facing “Diplomatic-Political Tsunami”

Israel is at the moment they have tried to avoid for decades.

Israel can either put forth a plan…a real plan…that allows for a true path forward for a Palestinian homeland, or the United Nations will take a vote, perhaps as early as September to welcome Palestine into the world community.

For too long the world has allowed Israel to act recklessly while it continued to build and settle on land they do not own, and should never consider to be their property.  That not ONE single government in the world agrees with the settlement policy seems not to bother the Israeli government.  After all, they have carried out this deed for so many years they now think it is all just the way the Lord intended it to be.

Well, actually no, there is a wall of time and space that Israel is about to reach.

And it likely will be this calendar year.

“We are facing a diplomatic-political tsunami that the majority of the public is unaware of and that will peak in September,” said Ehud Barak, Israel’s defense minister, at a conference in Tel Aviv last month. “It is a very dangerous situation, one that requires action.” He added, “Paralysis, rhetoric, inaction will deepen the isolation of Israel.”

With aides to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thrashing out proposals to the Palestinians, President Shimon Peres is due at the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Obama and explore ways out of the bind. The United States is still uncertain how to move the process forward, according to diplomats here.

Israel’s offer is expected to include transfer of some West Bank territory outside its settlements to Palestinian control and may suggest a regional component — an international conference to serve as a response to the Arab League peace initiatives.

But Palestinian leaders, emboldened by support for their statehood bid, dismiss the expected offer as insufficient and continue to demand an end to settlement building before talks can begin.

What 90 Days Can Get You…If You Are Israel

What could Israel have obtained for 100 days?

This is insane.   If there are any new faces in Washington that truly think the old ways of conducting business needs to be changed, well, this story should be the one to make them react. 

For 90 days of holding off continued illegal construction on occupied lands Israel will get 20 advanced fighter jets (worth $3 billion and will also be able to buy 20 more), and other military aid, and a long list of American pronouncements and actions that run counter to sensible international policy.

On the 91st day Israel does what it always does.  Go against world opinion and inflame the Middle East by continuing illegal construction on lands they stole from the Palestinians.

Lets see how much Washington has changed after the recent election by watching how this story is reacted to inside the Beltway.

Anyone placing bets?

The pledge by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to push for a new, one-time-only freeze of 90 days on settlement construction in the West Bank represents a bet by the Israelis and the Americans that enough can be accomplished so that the Palestinians will not abandon peace talks even after the freeze ends.

The Israelis would stop most construction on settlements in the West Bank for 90 days to break an impasse in the peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

Those negotiations began in Washington in early September, but soon faltered over Palestinian anger at resumed settlement construction, when a previous 10-month freeze ended.

In return, the Israelis would receive 20 advanced American fighter jets and other unspecified military aid, as well as American promises to oppose any Palestinian attempt to obtain international recognition of statehood in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza without Israeli agreement.