My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Time to pressure the Palestinians...

Why on earth doesn't Obama pressure the Palestinians???
For the first time since the Oslo peace process started 18 years ago, Palestinian leaders are openly refusing to negotiate with the government of Israel, and U.S. President Barack Obama's administration is doing very little about it. As Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, explained the policy on Dec. 9, "We will not agree to negotiate as long as settlement building continues." The Arab League is backing Abbas in this refusal, says League chief Amr Moussa, because "the direction of talks has become ineffective and it has decided against the resumption of negotiations."

But Abbas himself negotiated with seven previous Israeli prime ministers without such preconditions. For 17 years -- from the Madrid conference of October 1991 through Abbas's negotiations with then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, which ended in 2008 -- negotiations moved forward while Jerusalem construction continued. Madrid, Oslo I, Oslo II, the Hebron Protocol, the Wye River Memorandum, Camp David, Taba, the disengagement from Gaza, and Olmert's offer to Abbas -- all these events over the course of two decades were made possible by a continuing agreement to disagree about Israeli construction of Jewish homes in Jewish neighborhoods outside the pre-1967 line in East Jerusalem. But now, peace talks cannot even begin. Why the change?

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledges that the Palestinians are creating a new precondition for talks to begin. Settlements, she says, have "always been an issue within the negotiations.… There's never been a precondition." But Clinton has not stated any public objection to Abbas making this a new excuse not to negotiate.

Abbas himself blames Obama. As he said in November, "At first, President Obama stated in Cairo that Israel must stop all construction activities in the settlements. Could we demand less than that?" Some in the West are sympathetic to Abbas's maneuver, which they see as a form of protest against an Israeli policy to which the United States and the rest of the Middle East quartet, the four international players that steer peace efforts, also object. But when the Palestinians spurn negotiations, they are blocking the sole path to a solution of the settlement issue, which can only be a negotiated agreement over borders. As the State Department spokesman's said on Aug. 2, "Absent a direct negotiation, there will be no end to the conflict, there will be no peace agreement, and there will be no Palestinian state. That's a fact."

There is also the question of whether Abbas's motive here is actually about the settlement issue, or rather to drive a wedge between Obama and Israel and induce the United States to impose a solution in lieu of negotiations. Isn't this a reversion to the pre-Oslo strategy of rejecting contact with Israel and demanding instead that the great powers impose Arab terms on the Jewish state?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still waiting for the Canadian Public sector Unions to condemn the murdering of Gays in Gaza or the jailing of homosexuals with AIDS down in Cuba.
But no.....CUPE and CUPW workers of all colours and Faiths free no guilt to spend our tax dollars to vacation in Cuba near GITMO Bay as the same Unions cry foul about Omar Khadr who wants to come back to canada and Sue us for $10 million .
Even the OPSUE and TDSB Union workers show support for the Shariah Law that almost came to Canada, they too Vacation in Cuba and Mexico with OUR tax dollars while both Cuba and Mexico send us Refugees.

I hope Rob Ford puts an end to funding for PRIDE Toronto since they now allow a Pro-Hamas group march in the event under the guise of a wing of the Queer Community.
The QuAIA and some Muslims in the PRIDE make a mockery of Human Rights since naked Males expose themselves to little boys and that Muhammed raped Aisha who was only 9 years old which made Muhammed a Pedophile. Then we see the QuAIA not have a clue that Hamas would stone them to death if they tried to march in Gaza to protest Israel.

Gotta love those useful idiots in Canada that are too stupid to know how really stupid they actually are.

Ironically, the University students now wear Che Guavera Icon and the Hamas scarfs even if they are Gay males or Lesbians.
Che used to beat-up and rape females and some he would then kill just for kicks.
So when you see the lesbian students with the Hamas scarf
and Che buttons and T-Shirts you will know they are the real morons with a suicide pact with the Islamists and Communists.

4:23 PM  

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