ISRAEL – A Jordanian-Palestinian confederation aired by Netanyahu, Abdullah

This article is from Debka File, an Israeli on-line Newspaper. But to my credit, I actually thought of an alignment with Jordan as a way to solve the Palestinian probled
Aspects of a possible confederation between a Palestinian West Bank state and the Hashemite Kingdom – not Syria – were the subject of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s recent conversation with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman, debkafile’s sources reveal. Nothing was decided and the two leaders agreed to hold further discussions in the coming days.

This idea has become a focal talking point in Amman, Washington and Palestinian centers.
Netanyahu brought some pointed questions to the highly confidential one-on-one at the Hashemite palace: He asked the king how much responsibility would Jordan undertake in controlling West Bank security and intelligence activity? What were his plans for extending such control from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip? And how would Jordan’s intentions fit into the security arrangements demanded by Israel in both territories as part of any accord with the Palestinians?

According to US and Jordanian sources au fait with these ideas, the current goal for the next stage of Israel-Palestinian negotiations in the coming months would be a long-term interim accord. It would leave the core disputes on permanent borders, Jerusalem, the Palestinian refugees and the future of Israel’s settlements in Judea and Samaria to a later round of negotiations at some unspecified time in the future.

The establishment of a Palestinian-Jordanian confederation would sidestep the difficulties of reciprocal recognition – a Palestinian state by Israel and Israel by the Palestinians as the national state of the Jewish people. Jordan has recognized Israel and the two nations maintain full diplomatic relations. The confederation’s ruling body as such would be able to recognize Israel without requiring a public Palestinian declaration of acceptance. Equally, Israel would be saved from having to formally accept Palestinian statehood and could simply greet the new joint entity and extend an assurance of cooperation that in practice would be implemented through Jordan or any Muslim Arab element taking part in the move.

In early December, the Palestinian Authority’s Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) secretly advised certain Palestinian leaders “to be prepared for a new confederation project with Jordan and other parties in the international community.”
He did not name those parties. debkafile’s sources reveal that he was referring to Egypt, Turkey and Qatar – in other words, the members of the pro-American Sunni-led bloc American diplomats established in Cairo last month in the course of Israel’s Pillar of Defense operation in Gaza and the negotiations that led to an Israel-Hamas ceasefire.

American sources said at the time that Washington was not averse to additional Gulf nations including Saudi Arabia adding their weight to the initiative for a Jordanian-Palestinian confederation and was willing, if it took off, to consider granting the endeavor security guarantees and economic assistance.

Asked why the project had not figured in Israeli political discourse, those sources accused the Israeli media of generating an election campaign climate that hostilely depicted Netanyahu and his party as extreme right-wing nationalists who consistently refused to talk peace with the Palestinians. Showing the prime minister as quietly preparing to return to the peace track after forming his next government, assuming he wins the Jan. 22 poll, would spoil their show. Netanyahu himself prefers to stay aloof from his accusers.

According to Arab sources involved in the new initiative, it gained traction from the UN General Assembly’s Nov. 29 upgrade of the Palestinians to non-member observer status. On the strength of this upgrade, the Palestinian Authority is claiming the status of a government representing an independent state and therefore eligible to join Jordan as a confederation partner.

Such a setup may have room for Hamas which too would be saved from having to recognize the state of Israel.

For the first time in their decade-long rocket offensive against their Israeli neighbors, the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers are scrupulously upholding the ceasefire deal they struck with Israel. The Netanyahu government has reciprocated by substantially easing restrictions on the territory. And now, after six years, Israel will this week allow building materials to cross through into the territory, including cement and gravel, withheld until now lest they were used to build smuggling tunnels for supplying terrorist organizations with war materiel. Public transport, including buses and trucks, will also soon be running through the crossings and, for the first time, too, a large group of Gazans was allowed to attend this year’s Christmas ceremonies in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

Netanyahu appears to have decided that the chances of another outbreak of hostile operations from the Gaza Strip have receded. Indeed, there is a good chance that Hamas may find the confederation project the West Bank’s Fatah rulers are about to pursue with Jordan attractive, and let itself be led to join by Egypt and Qatar.

There are more straws in the wind attesting to the confederation project being on the move. The US-based Palestinian professor and journalist, Daoud Kuttab, writing in The Atlantic on Dec. 27, reported that King Abdullah’s closest advisers include partisans of the confederation notion – i.e. Jordan’s restoration to its pre-1967 rule of the West Bank.
Kuttab goes back in history to quote the late Salah Khalaf (Abu Iyad), the terrorist leader Israel eliminated in Tunis in January, 1991, as saying: “What the Palestinians wanted was five minute of independence and then they would happily agree to a confederation with Jordan. “

Interestingly, this phrase is increasingly cited by Arab and Western media.
Furthermore, US and Arab sources disclose that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has deeply committed himself to the step. They say this commitment was partly manifested by his consent to drop Ankara’s boycott on cooperation with Israel in the framework of NATO and that more evidence of revived US-Turkish-Israeli cooperation is still to come.
Dec. 23, debkafile reported exclusively that Israel and the Palestinians had agreed to resume peace negotiations in March, as soon as Netanyahu, who is generally expected to win the January election, has assembled his new government.
The Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem made haste Thursday to deny reports that he planned to invite opposition leader and former foreign minister Tzipi Livni to join the next cabinet in her old job as lead negotiator in talks with the Palestinians. According to our sources, Netanyahu has reserved that role for himself.

What!!!!! not enough guns?

If someone in the audience at the movie house in Aurora would start shooting, he would have become an immediate target, and he knows It. It takes a professional with the proper training, in the audience, and brave enough to become that target. Also a pistol is no match against an assault rifle. There is no way that arming the audience, or teachers, would prevent that kind of disaster. The NRA, paid by the gun manufacturers, simply wants to sell guns.

Commentary by Bill Moyers, Robert Reich and Reverand Al

Bill Moyers: The Most Underreported News Story of 2012 Is…
It’s easy enough to compile a “best” and “worst” list,
but what about bringing attention to important issues
that went largely unreported in 2012? Some of the answers
will still surprise you.

Robert Reich: Cliff Hanger: Obama’s Last Stand and the Republican Strategy of Fanaticism
I recommend going over the cliff and forcing the Republicans’
hand. It’s a risky strategy but it would at least expose
the Republican tactic and put public pressure squarely
on rank-and-file Republicans, where it belongs.

Rev. Al Sharpton: 2012: The Year the Rich Couldn’t Buy
Whether it was draconian voter ID laws, the shooting
death of young Travyon Martin, or the attacks on women
and the workers of America, I went into each challenge
concerned that they had outmaneuvered us financially.
But in the end, I left convinced that money could not
buy genuine commitment.

Republican sore loosers

The Republicans (not all) are behaving just like a child who is disappointed that he lost the game. They can’t seem to let President Obama get anything done. Not just helping 98% of Americans, but in his selection of cabinet members. The president won the election on the very issues that the Republicans are doing their best to prevent him from doing. I almost think these very same Republicans can’t wrap their immature minds around the fact that an African American became President 4 years ago, and then won a second term. You, Mr. Webster, as a radical conservative, can be counted amongst them and are on my list of most hated. You and yours can’t admit that an African American can do what you can’t. Grow up

Steve Bondorowsky

Romney’s Bound Women

I just want to know how Romney and his pals bound those women. Their hands, feet, or what. And how big was the binder where they were kept. Also how many women were there and why did he want to hire them. Hiring implies that they are paid but they were already enslaved (bound) so why waste the money. I mean you have to reduce the expenses, so that after you get federal loans for companies in trouble, you can sell the company for a profit.Were the bound women naked, like the slaves traded by, yes patriotic Americans, only a few hundred years ago. I suspect not because they were to be hired for 72% of the salary that a man would be paid. It’s the Romney way
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I wonder how all the supposed Christian Republicans reconcile with one of the most popular quotes from their Jesus; “It’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the gates of heaven”. Well I have a few suggestions. One that may be explained by Paul Ryan is: “I don’t have the time know, but believe me, it can be done. Romney might explain it this way, today; “Needles had bigger eyes then, I know we built the needle”. Newt may expound; “It depends on what the Camel is passing”.


B U L L S H I T ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

That’s no Romney family intervention, it’s a Romney  ETCH-A-SKETCH moment, or at least an attempt of changing Mitt into a moderate. They decided that the extreme right wingers of the repubs won’t complain because their position was dire and they would definitely lose the election. This is to justify the latest positions that Mitt is taking, softening up, and the “leak” was supposed to be just before the last debate. Good timing. And if there was dissent within the Romneys, why would we know about it if they didn’t want us to. This is typical Republican  trickery and is obvious to the Democrats, but the Repubs, who aren’t to bright anyway, will believe it. I’m anxious to see what Ryan says on Thursday night.

One Reason why our President did so poorly in the Debate

It’s  clear to me why Mitt waited three weeks to back-track on his 47% rant. It’s because it wasn’t mentioned by Obama, intentionally, in the debate on Wednesday night. This was because the Obama team knew that Romney would have an answer, and by making him back-track after the debate would make it look less credible, and it did. I suspect that they calculated to let Mitt rant and dig a deep hole making him confirm his flip-flop personality. Calculating to do whatever it takes to win  including lieing time and again.

No More Health Insurance Companies

Why don’t I hear anyone argue that by eliminating health insurance companies health care will be lowered by at least half, because they profit that much. We need government health care as in France, where evryone is covered. This is what the president is aiming for but had to compromise with the Republican Congress with the stop gap measure that everyone calls, endearingly I think, Obamacare. I hope that in his lame-duck presidency he can push that through. I suspect President Obama will be more assertive in the next four years.