Peace Talks . . . Not
Here we go again guys and gals. Another round of Mideast peace talks. Mideast peace. The proverbial oxymoron. Ain't gonna happen folks. Participation will happen, because now there are more parties with a vested interest. Most of them don't give a crap about Israel and the stateless palestinians. Some care about Iran and the nukes. Some worry why others might be present. Some want to fleece Israel out of some more land.
Elhud Olmert met a second time with President Bush. Obviously, he's wanting to make sure his positions are known and hopefully gain some support from the U.S. I'm sure he's aware the U.S. could cave at any time if someone perceives a chance to be a star.
But, there is more.
Iranians had made clear that they wanted their presumed allies to stay away
and were "furious" about the high Arab turnout. Some 20 Arab and Muslim
countries sent foreign ministers or other senior ministers to the gathering -
including the Saudis and, most gallingly for Teheran, Syria, which dispatched
its deputy foreign minister, Faysal Mekdad.
This could make the whole charade somewhat interesting.
Along with the Arab states, vital potential partners of the US and Israel
in the bid to thwart Iran were notably present at Annapolis, with France, Britain, Germany, Italy, China and Russia all
represented at the level of foreign minister. France and the UK are publicly
committed to stepped-up sanctions aimed at persuading Teheran to change course.
Hmmmm. France. Amazing what a few Arab immigrants will do to a country's position when it come to world affairs.
But I digress. Here's the deal. Always has been and always will be. The palestinians have only two goals in the entire process -
1. The eradication of Israel
2. Anything that will buy time for the accomplishment of goal number one.
This has been the publicly stated goal since at least the day Yasir Arafat came public with the position in response to some criticism for an agreement he made in his day. When all the hype starts, just keep this in mind as events unfurl.
Just a thought.