One against the other, armed and distant on the field as well as in diplomatic hypothesis. Israeli and Palestinian are too different to open to one another. Every word is suspicious, during every truce there is a rocket ready. Netanyahu wrote the last chapter of this endless series of propositions. He is ready to sit and discuss with Palestinians about the borders of Jewish colonies in the West Bank. Nevertheless, Palestinians did not embrace this openness – as Israeli Medias defined it. The PLO spread the news that it does not agree with this modality.
Netanyahu – according to the source quoted by the newspaper – spoke about his idea during a meeting with Mogherini, next to him there were the National Security Counselor, Yossi Cohen, and the spokesperson of the PM for the process of peace, Isaac Molho. Israelis think whatever the Peace Treaty; colonies should stay within the Jewish borders. If negotiations would go well – explained Netanyahu – Israel would be able to improve these colonies.
This means that – underlined Haaretz – building projects outside colonies would be stopped. The main aim of the premier at the meeting was showing his goodwill in starting a dialogue, since Europe is not trustful towards Palestinian affairs.
After all, Israel is facing the possibility of labeling products exported to the EU by colonies; France’s will to present a resolution to end the Palestinian slashes to the UN; and the American Administration of Barack Obama who wants to pursue a solution between the two states. Hence, Netanyahu publically highlighted that that he is focused on the aim “two states for two populations” and said he wanted Palestine and Israel to stay unarmed side by side. This is the opposite of what he said before the elections, when he stated he would never be by the Palestinian side.
The new minister of Security, Gilad Erdan, said that the position of the PM has remained the same. “Everybody in Likud knows – he added – that if there should ever be a partner for peace, there will be territorial concessions”. However, he also said he does not think Mogherini can convince the Palestinian leader, Abu Mazen, to have a meeting. The idea of the PM was embraces by Shas who is in favor of processes of peace.
The response from Ramallah was negative. The head of Palestinian negotiations said,“if Netanyahu wants negotiations he has to stop the occupation started in 1967; to recognize the Palestinian State based on 1967 border; to honor his duties toward Israel such as stopping the building of colonies and freeing Palestinian prisoners”. The two states are as far as ever and, just in case, 5 rockets were launched from Gaza to the south of Israel.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa