Thursday, June 11, 2009

bibi will accept the road map, except the part about what israel has to do

it looks like bibi's big speech will include an acceptance of the road map for peace, but a rejection of the settlement freeze. the problem is that the road map requires israel to freeze its settlements (pdf) (see bottom of page 4. "GOI" = "government of israel")

it looks like what netanyahu really wants is not the road map for peace, but rather the bush administration's policies in pursuing the road map. that is, he wants to blame the palestinians whenever they fail to live up to their obligations under the road map plan, but let israel have a pass when it fails to live up to its obligations under that same plan. then he'll be shocked and appalled when the palestinians don't find a you-do-everything-we-do-nothing deal acceptable.