Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is making a mistake in not explicitly endorsing the road map, with its monitored sequence of phases toward Palestinian statehood, and risks placing Israel in a situation where the Obama administration instead seeks to impose a permanent accord that would be immensely problematic for Israel, Dov Weissglas, former prime minister Ariel Sharon's bureau chief, has warned The Jerusalem Post.Weissglass should just shut his big mouth. He's as bad as his former boss. If Netanyahu accepted things the way he says, there would be a "settlement freeze". It'd all be awful. But Weissglas clearly does not care, does he?
Amid continued speculation that President Barack Obama is about to unveil a comprehensive Middle East peace plan, Weissglas asked: "If the Americans say there's no road map, and let's say instead they convene a peace conference in Washington in the presence of the Saudis and the Kuwaitis and the Qataris, all singing Israel's praises, to discuss final-status issues, what will Netanyahu say then?"
Had Netanyahu accepted the road map from the moment he formed his coalition, "the international community would have been reassured," Weissglas said. "The Americans would not be prodding us on the issue of the settlement freeze. The Palestinians would have resumed the negotiating process."
Unfortunately, however, Weissglas went on, Netanyahu came into office "with very negative baggage" and "had to be dragged" toward accepting the inevitable two-state vision.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
DOV WEISSGLAS CAUSES TROUBLE AGAIN
I'd had this sitting around for a couple days as I didn't have time to work on it. In the Jerusalem Post, Dov Weissglass is quoted in an act of trying to cause problems for Israel: