Arab League ministers, that reasonable, even-handed body of sages has spoken. They must have carefully weighed up all the pros and cons, deliberated, cogitated and anguished over their decision before arriving at the conclusion that Abbas should stand firm and walk out of the peace talks. More time must be given and more pressure applied to Israel by Obama. The world shall greet this announcement with joy, wonderment and feigned surprise.
Name one factor in this farcical chess game of manipulation that would favour the Arab League advising Abbas to return to the table and overlook the end of the freeze on settlement building? Can’t think of one? Nor can I.
The world has swallowed, hook line and sinker, the theory that settlements are the obstacle to peace.
The world has swallowed, h l & s the contention that the occupied territories are illegal under international law.
The world has swallowed the contention that all settlement building amounts to Jews stealing Palestinian land.
The world unquestioningly accepts the Arab demands for ‘preconditions.’
So the long awaited decision by the Arab league was a bit of what they call a no-brainer. A bit of a foregone conclusion.
So now Obama has to demand that Israel brushes aside the Palestinians’ refusal to renounce violence, recognise Israel’s right to exist, budge on the right of return and all the rest of it, because the whole wide world and your BBC has conspired to delegitimise Israel, and instil the notion that Arab intransigence and pride are quaint traits of their culture. Innit.