Tuesday, September 25, 2012

PLO leader says unilateral Israeli withdrawal from WB would be a "disaster"

BBC reported yesterday:
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has called for a unilateral withdrawal from most of the West Bank if peace talks with the Palestinians fail.

In an interview with Israel Hayom, Mr Barak proposed uprooting dozens of Jewish settlements, although he said major settlement blocs would be kept.

There would also still be a military presence along the border with Jordan.
Forgetting the folly of unilateral withdrawal altogether - the Gsza withdrawal didn't anticipate the rise of an Islamist statelet in the vacuum - the PLO's reaction was most interesting.

Nabil shaath, member of Fatah's Central Committee, said the idea would be a "disaster."

Hamas is mocking this reaction, saying that the PLO likes the occupation, as it allows their leaders to obtain Israeli VIP permits and travel to conferences  to steal more money from their people. It added that this reaction showed that Fatah has a "bankruptcy of power" as it is happily cooperating with Israel.