Speaking with CNN's Fareed Zakaria at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Netanyahu said that "I have one request, that the EU policy vis a vis Israel and the Palestinians merely reflect now the prevailing Arab policy to Israel and the Palestinians."The PLO's Saeb Erekat freaked out at this.
"Saudi Arabia recognizes that Israel is an ally rather than an enemy because of the two principle threats that threaten them, Iran and Daesh," he said, using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State, adding "who can help us? they ask. Obviously Israel and the Sunni Arab states are not on opposite sides."
"There is a great shift taking place...we used to think that if we solved the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it would solve the larger Israeli Arab conflict. The more I look at it, the more I think it may be the other way around. That by nurturing these relationships that are taking place now with the Arab world, that could actually help us resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and we're actually working towards that end," he said.
Secretary of the Executive Committee of the PLO Dr. Saeb Erekat today reacted to the statements of the the Netanyahu government that claimed that the EU should improve its policies towards Israel to become equivalent to those of Arab countries [towards Israel.] Erekat stressed that Netanyahu's statements are incorrect and pure lies, and said: "I challenge Netanyahu to detect any improvement in Israel's relationship with any Arab country."Of course, Bibi is correct. JPost reported yesterday:
Erekat described the video that Netanyahu made at the Davos conference as a broken record and an inflammatory tool against our people and its leaders, part of attempts by the Israeli government to shift the world's attention from the war crimes committed by the occupying power against the Palestinian people.
Israeli television reported that Yuval Steinitz, national infrastructure, energy and water minister, returned home several days ago after attending a conference on energy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Channel 2 suggested that the real purpose of the delegation was to conduct secret strategic communications between Israel and the Gulf state. The principle reason for such a clandestine liaison is mutual distrust of Iran and concern for the general instabilities of the region, not least of which is the Islamic State (ISIS).And Israel is opening its diplomatic mission in Abu Dhabi.
A decision by Steinitz’s office not to comment on the nature of the trip has only added fuel to the speculation.
For PLO leaders, the idea that Israel is cozying up to Arab nations is a nightmare. They have always relied on Arab opposition to Israel and unwavering support for their cause, even though Arabs have been sick of the Palestinian positions for years.
Erekat also said something else interesting, that the media will ignore:
He stressed that the Palestinian people are exercising their legitimate right to self-defense, while Israel is defending its settlement and occupation.
According to media darling Erekat, stabbing Israeli women is "legitimate self-defense."
But that's not newsworthy.
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