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Roger L. Simon

Middle East Negotiations: This isn’t Hollywood, Rahm

May 4th, 2009 - 5:41 pm

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

My post below may well be inaccurate. According to Jeffrey Goldberg, who normally has good sources, Emanuel did not make a direct linkage between Iran and Israeli-Palestinian peace. If Goldberg is indeed accurate, I surely stand corrected

Did Rahm Emanuel just put the screws to his own people? Quite possibly, although all we have at present is a second hand report of what he told 300 big donors to AIPAC in a private meeting. According to the Jerusalem Post: Thwarting Iran’s nuclear program is conditional on progress in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. [bold mine]

Great, Rahm. What a guy you are for spelling this out. But before you do anything, would you please explain the word “progress”? When last we saw serious negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians (Bill Clinton and then Taba), the Palestinians, led by Arafat, walked out and began Intifada II. Would you have blamed Israel for that lack of “progress” and allowed Iran to get the bomb? Could it just be that the Palestinians (Hamas and Fatah) don’t really want a two-state solution? Has that occurred to you after all this time? What if that turns out to be true? Think about that, Rahm. This isn’t a Hollywood negotiation that your brother might conduct between Warner Brothers and Universal. People die here, big time. As Ayatollah Rafsanjani has told us, the Iranians don’t fear a nuclear war with Israel because there are hundreds of more millions of Muslims than there are Jews.

One last question, Rahm. How do you sleep?

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