Brain Bush’s Blog

The Diplomatic Detonation

  • By : Brian Bush
  • September 28, 2010
  • 5:20 pm

Hi All,

Well, we must continue to speak on the restart of settlement building as Israel's decision threatens the fledgling peace talks with the Palestinians.

Some here in the press of Israel have criticized Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu saying that he is intentionally scrapping the talks by not taking action, others say that by him not speaking about the issue he is failing the people of the region by not aiding the climate for peace talks.

In reality it appears he is not strong enough to stand up against his own settler supporting coalition – worried that his government would fail and he would be removed from office.

But others are praising him – saying he has demonstrated that the international community can not tell Israel what to do and resisting Americas pressure to continue the freeze.

But the press has the perspective that Mr. Netanyahu's phone has been ringing off the hook as the worlds leaders ask him to extend the freeze. America's special peace envoy George Mitchell is due back shortly on an urgent run to try and preserve the investment thus made by the Obama Administration, and to be fair – the parties themselves in this process. Mr. Mitchell's goal will to keep the channels of communication open and any fateful events from happening prior to the Arab Leagues emergency session in Cairo next week from derailing their support of the talks.

So against the backdrop of the other headline of more potential evictions of Arabs from their homes in Arab Jerusalem, more Gaza activist boats being boarded, Mr. Netanyahu seems fixed on not renewing the freeze – or at least being in a rush to do so.

He understands what this could do to his standing in the world's eyes, which may in fact be why his own Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has dropped a diplomatic bomb at the United Nations this morning.

The controversial Lieberman put forward on the world stage the idea of “population exchange” – the transferring of one ethnic people (Israeli Arabs) to the West Bank in exchange for some of the settlements being dismantled.

This may be Bibi's way of telling the UN Body “work with me” or else this man (Lieberman) will be Israel's next Prime Minister.

Tune in to tomorrows Harvest Show as I bring you the latest developments live from Jerusalem.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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