Brain Bush’s Blog

Caring About the Peace Talks

  • By : Brian Bush
  • November 1, 2013
  • 6:58 pm

Hi Everyone,

Lets take a little closer look at the Palestinian/Israel peace track in it's current state.

The fact is, there is a real lack of information about the ongoing peace talks.

There is discontent on the Palestinian side with Dr. Saeb Erekat having supposedly having resigned from his position as chief negotiator.

That's partly sending US Secretary of State John Kerry over to this region this coming week.

Some are suggesting on the Israeli side that the problem is that nobody believes anything of true substance will come out of these talks.

Perhaps worse yet – nobody really seems to care.

The reason why is that the current Israeli government, one can safely bet, will do just about everything so that there will not be a diplomatic agreement.

And it's not to hard to do that because Israel's Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is responsible for the peace talks for the Israeli side, is not politically strong enough to fight the right-wing elements in the coalition – headed of course by Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu.

It is true Israel released this week an additional 26 Palestinian prisoners as a good-will gesture to keep the talks going – or to perhaps give that impression that there was progress at least.

But this just would up bolstering the settlement movement with the authorization to build 1500 homes in controversial land in Palestinian areas of the West Bank – and planning for another 2500 homes.

Netanyahu thus scores political points.

He had to because, if some of these prisoners were to go out and commit a fresh act of terror, he and his government coalition, will be politically attack and need to go into survival mode.

The public would then care – and the peace process would take center stage in the life of Israel as prisoner releases are always an extremely sensitive subject.

Bibi would loose popular support and the political clock could once again bet set to tick a countdown towards early elections.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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