October 6, 2010

A cynical and mistrusted offer

Yesterday the New York Times featured a "news analysis" that contended that the United States made an overly generous offer to Israel to extend the building moratorium in Judea and Samaria. (Barry Rubin responds here.) Today the Times follows up with an editorial that contends that the United States made an overly generous offer to Israel to extend the building moratorium in Judea and Samaria.

The Obama administration has made a very generous offer to Israel that should give Mr. Netanyahu more than enough cover to prolong the moratorium and keep the talks going. In exchange for a modest 60-day extension, the administration is promising Israel increased military aid -- fighter planes, missile defense, satellites -- and other security guarantees. It has also promised not to ask for further extensions and to veto any United Nations Security Council resolutions on Arab-Israeli issues during the one-year negotiating period.

That package is, if anything, overly generous. Israel will surely be looking for more sweeteners as part of a final peace deal. We can't understand why Mr. Netanyahu hasn't grabbed it.

As I pointed out yesterday the administration, in two years, has given PM Netanyahu no reason to trust it and the timing of the offer is blatantly cynical. Mistrust and cynicism are two reasons that make Netanyahu's hesitation somewhat understandable.

Posted by SoccerDad at October 6, 2010 8:51 PM
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Comments

As Barry Rubin pointed out again, the only reason for the Obama offer is its tied to the political calendar.

If it was a sincere offer, it wouldn't be so cynical and blatantly obvious. Israel has no reason to assume it was made in good faith.

Posted by: NormanF at October 7, 2010 7:58 AM
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