Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Netanyahu to Renege on Abbas-Olmert Agreement?

Quartet Middle East Envoy Tony Blair spilled the beans in December about a secret peace settlement reached between Palestinian Authority Chair Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Israeli elections imperil that deal. YNET reported:

Israel's impending new government indicates that the peace process "has died," a senior Palestinian Authority official told Ynet on Tuesday.

Given the government that is going to lead Israel, it's clear that there won't be any serious process and that, at the most, it will be a process for appearances' sake only that is intended to quiet the international community and primarily to let the Palestinians know that the option of peace still exists," he said.

It's clear Israel does not want peace. The Arab League peace plan sat on a shelf since 2002. The U.S. will likely continue Israel's free pass. Haaretz reported:

The State Department on Tuesday reaffirmed its support for Israel, telling Haaretz that the U.S. viewed its relations with Jerusalem as "special" and lasting.

Special and lasting, like Israel's ability to make war in the region.