By Caroline B. Glick
Nov 27/09. PM Binyamin
Netanyahu (Bibi) weakened Israel this week. And he did so for no good reason.
The day after Netanyahu bowed to US pressure and announced a total freeze on
Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria for ten months, Yediot Ahronot
reported that the Obama administration now wants Israel to release a thousand
Fatah terrorists from prison.
The Americans also want Israel
to allow US-trained, terror supporting Fatah paramilitary forces to deploy in
areas that are currently under Israeli military control. Moreover, the Americans
are demanding that Israel surrender land in the strategically crucial Jordan
Valley to Fatah. And these are just American preconditions for
starting negotiations with the Palestinians.
According to Yediot, if
those talks ever begin, the White House will demand that Israel accept a
Palestinian state in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Gaza and agree to ethically
cleanse all the areas of Jews.
Five seconds after Netanyahu
announced the freeze, the Palestinians proclaimed his unprecedented prohibition
on Jewish building worthless. But then unlike
Netanyahu, the Palestinians are playing their cards wisely. Why should they
accept his move as sufficient when they know the Americans will demand still
more concessions from him?
Many commentators claim that
Netanyahu's announcement was his way of balancing his desire to release 450
Hamas murderers from prison in exchange for hostage Gilad Shalit with an equal
concession to Fatah.
Simply by agreeing to negotiate
with Hamas, Netanyahu conferred legitimacy not only on the terror group, but on
the act of taking hostages. Netanyahu's willingness to release murderers from
prison also signs the death warrants of countless Israelis.
Even if the current
negotiations end in failure, Netanyahu this week made clear that he is willing
to conduct a massive release of terrorists in exchange for Israeli hostages. The
message has been received by our enemies and they will make us pay for it with
This is the depressing message
that Netanyahu and his merry band of ministers have communicated to the world
this week. In the hopes of appeasing the unappeasable Obama administration, the
government has adopted Obama's anti-Semitic policies against Jewish communities
in Judea and Samaria. To win points with the imbecilic, unaccountable and
irresponsible local media, Netanyahu has jeopardized the lives of untold numbers
of Israelis by expressing his willingness to free hundreds of terrorist
murderers from prison. And to placate the pro-Hizb’ullah UN, Israel has decided
it is willing to further strengthen Hizb’ullah.