Other Voices | Wednesdays Wars: Bibi at the UN: A Three Part Bomb

Published on Oct 3, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s annual pilgrimage to the UN constituted a three-part cluster of bombs.

First, his Deputy Defense Minister, Danny Danon, published an Op-Ed in the New York Times, calling on Israeli to annul the Oslo Accords. Second, Bibi instructed his delegation to absent themselves from the hall during the speech by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Third, Bibi’s own speech was, as usual, pretty much an exercise in boast and bombast.

ISRAEL MINISTER: ANNUAL OSLO

In order to lay a foundation for Bibi’s main event speech, the deputy defense minister of Israel published an Op-Ed in the New York Times entitled, “Israel Should Annul Oslo Accords.”

Danon had traveled to New York with Bibi on the presidential plane. He is a person of consequence in Israeli poltitics. His comments are not those of some outlier.

The Oslo Accords were adopted 20 years ago. They formed the basis of President Clinton bringing Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin together for an historic handshake at the White House.

Those on the Israeli right who want to annul Oslo are really saying that the status quo is just fine. Israel can establish more settlements on occupied land, and expand existing ones, thereby creating new facts on the ground.

Its friends in Congress will protect them from any do-gooder who happens to find his or her way into the White House.

If Palestinians continue to suffer in non-state and virtual non-human status with Israel’s foot on their neck, too bad. Have them call Jimmy Carter. Continue Reading…….

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