Yes, I''m for preconditions and I intend to assure their fulfillment, first.
As we all know, Israel''s official approach to peace negotiations withe the Palestinian Authority is clear:
Prime minister says Palestinian calls for a building freeze before negotiations constitute an ‘impassable obstacle’
”I want to achieve peace,” Netanyahu declared. ”We’re ready to start negotiations now, without preconditions,” he continued, “and I hope the Palestinian leadership will be too.”
That was last month. And back in September 2011:
Benjamin Netanyahu: ''Negotiations without preconditions''
And in April 2012:
Netanyahu to ask Abbas to return to negotiations without preconditions
And so, at the end of July 2013:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu turned to the citizens of Israel in an open letter on Saturday explaining his decision to release Palestinian prisoners as a gesture to the Palestinian Authority ahead of the renewal of peace talks in Washington next week..."This is an incredibly difficult decision. It hurts the bereaved families, it hurts all of the Israeli people and it hurts me very much. It clashes with the most important principle, the principle of justice," Netanyahu stated..."sometimes prime ministers are forced to make decisions that go against public opinion - when the issue is important for the country."
which brought this reaction:
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) sent a letter to Likud ministers asking them to vote against the planned release of 104 terrorist prisoners as a “gesture” in advance of “peace talks” with the Palestinian Authority."I call on you to vote against the release of prisoners, but in favor of the negotiations, without preconditions,” he wrote.
And those prisoners?
Israel is set to release 104 terrorists for the questionable privilege of getting the Palestinian Authority to simply show up to the negotiating table. The identities of the terrorists have finally been released. All of them have served so far between 19 to 30 years for murdering Israelis, and even their fellow Arabs. Some of those slated to be released have been serving time for killing children, Israel Prize winners, and even Holocaust survivors.
But I want to be fair and open.
I am actually for preconditions for peace talks:
- first, Abbas has to get reelected
- second, Hamas has to make peace with Fatah
- third, all incitement stops
- fourth, peace programming enters the educational curriculum
Isn''t that rational and logical?