'The Palestinians Can Wait'

Stagnation was the first consequence of the announced Israeli elections. Even though these elections have been cancelled, Fishman’s piece is still relevant by its description of the steps toward a possible escalation, an opportunity for extremists. Today [March 15, 2012] on Nakba Day, the situation is explosive.   

al-monitor Palestinian Authority employees queue to receive their salaries from an ATM in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on April 10, 2012. Photo by Reuters.

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peace talks, peace, palestinians, netanyahu, israel, elections, benjamin netanyahu

May 15, 2012

The coordinator of government activities in the Palestinian territories, Brigadier-General Eitan Dangot, has asked that the government approve an additional 5,000 permits for Palestinian laborers to enter Israel. That’s good for everyone. Politically, it’s good for Israel. Economically, it’s good for the Palestinian Authority. From a security perspective, it’s not a problem. This is evidenced by the fact that those 5,000 permits were listed as part of a package of gestures to the Palestinian Authority that Prime Minister Netanyahu authorized Yitzhak Molcho to offer, when some three months ago he took part in futile talks in Jordan.

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