At the White House, the zombies talk on
I discussed the other day how the Israel-Palestinian peace talks currently being conducted at the White House are beyond farcical and not worth paying the slightest attention to. However, here is an aspect of the farce, explained by the Christian Science Monitor, that few of us are even aware of. The term of office of the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, which began in January 2005, expired in January 2009. It was then extended by members of the non-functioning Palestinian Legislative Council. The illegitimate extension is due to expire next January. But since the PA feels that if Abbas leaves office, the PA could collapse, it has once again extended his term of office beyond next January. One reason the PA doesn’t want new elections is that it is afraid it would lose them to Hamas. Hamas of course defeated Fatah, the party of Abbas, in legislative elections several years ago and then violently seized control of Gaza. Hamas does not recognize Israel’s existence and is formally committed to Israel’s destruction. Yet Gaza is part of the Palestinian Authority which is supposedly negotiating with Israel. So we have “peace talks” between, on one side, Israel, and, on the other side, an entity, the PA, the president of which is illegitimately in office, and a major section of the territory of which is under the power of a different entity that opposes the very idea of peace with Israel.
CORRECTION: the pantomime of the handshaking smiling zombies is not taking place at the White House with Obama as the mediator, as I had thought, but at the State Department with Hillary Clinton as the mediator. Nor is it an ongoing meeting until they reach an agreement, but rather a one-time meeting. Here’s what they agreed on today: that they will meet again in two weeks (in Sharm el-Sheikh), and then once every two weeks after that, until they reach an agreement, with the aim of reaching a peace treaty within one year. So this is not like Camp David in summer 2000, when the parties met together until they either produced an agreement or didn’t; it’s not like the White House in January 2001, when the parties met together until they produced an agreement or didn’t. Rather it’s an agreement to engage in a series of meaningless one-day meetings once every two weeks.
Hillary reproducing role of her husband in ‘93—
First time tragedy, second time farce
Summit of smiles
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 03, 2010 10:43 AM | Send