May 20, 2011

WHY WOULD THEY CONCEDE ANYTHING WHEN THEY KNOW YOU'LL AGREE REGARDLESS?:

Three Things That Irked Bibi About Obama’s Speech (Jake Tapper, May 20, 2011, ABC News)

Sources tell ABC News that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s issue with President Obama invoking the 1967 borders as a starting off point for negotiations isn’t so much the notion itself, but rather the idea that his position essentially gives the Palestinians an achievement at the bargaining table without having conceded anything in return.

In other words, Netanyahu is well aware that in any peace agreement, Israel will likely have to agree to what President Obama stated yesterday: “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”

But Netanyahu wanted to agree to that at the negotiating table with the Palestinians – exacting a concession from the Palestinians in return. Now the Palestinians will be able to come to any future negotiation with those borders as the “American position.”


Negotiations only begin when one side has lost. Of course, the hilarious thing is the commentariat on the Right that refuses to believe the inevitable will ever occur.


Posted by at May 20, 2011 4:29 PM
  

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