The Palestinian reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech was very… energetic. At least Netanyahu can rest assured that he did not bore any quarter of his global audience.
The Associated Press reports that Nabil Shaath, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said “Netanyahu’s insistence on keeping key parts of the territories the Palestinians want for their state is a ‘declaration of war against the Palestinians.’”
Spoken like a true partner for peace! Actually, Shaath went as far as moaning that “we don’t have a partner for peace.” I’ll bet launching a few hundred rockets at Israeli civilians will cheer them up.
It looks like Abbas is one of those people who completely misunderstood President Obama when he called for Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders. Abbas foolishly thinks this meant Obama wanted Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders, and is deeply vexed that Netanyahu is so intransigent about committing national suicide.
“What Netanyahu said in his speech tonight is a clear rejection of the suggestions of President Obama concerning the borders of 1967. Actually, what he did is that he put more obstacles in the path of peace,” snarled another spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh.
“Peace for us means a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital,” Rudeineh continued. “We will not accept any Israeli presence inside the Palestinian state, particularly on the River Jordan.” He went on to denounce “putting preconditions and more obstacles in the way of the peace process.” Self-awareness and a sense of irony are apparently in short supply among Abbas spokesmen.
It looks like now that Obama has dangled those borders before them, the Palestinians aren’t going to let them go. Who could have seen that coming?