Latest:  DEBKAfile 1 Sept. 2010: Western intelligence sources report that on August 30, Hizballah put its forces on a state of war alert and issued a partial call-up of reservists, apparently in preparation for a major attack on Israel in response to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington or during the Jewish New Year festival starting on Sept. 8. Iranian pressure for an attack has intensified in the wake of the Palestinian Hamas's drive-by murder of four Israeli civilians on a road near Hebron gave Tuesday night Aug. 31. A large-scale attack appears to be in the works judging by the heavy influx of armed Hizballah units to southern Lebanon in the last few days. Our military sources report that they include special units trained especially for deep-strike incursions into northern Israel in response to Israeli counter-attacks. Ahmedinejad to visit Lebanon on 10-12 Sept. Comment: Will Israel attack preemptively?

Summary: On. 2 Sept. 2010, Pres Obama will make a renewed, but desperate and unrealistic attempt to establish peace between Israel and the Palestinians through direct negotiations between the parties. The negotiations must be completed within one year. The Council on Foreign Relations, the Arab League, the media, apparently the EU as well, who will stay away on 2nd Sept., do not leave the project any chance. Hamas says from Syria that they will sabotage the negotations. Observers believe it is a charade designed to ensure Arab motivation and backing in the showdown with Iran - as well as to provide Obama some much-needed tailwind at the second mid-term elections in November. Observers say that both Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas are so politically entrenched that they cannot provide conclusive concessions. Netanyahu has promised to lift a 10-month construction moratorium on the West Bank and Jerusalem on 26th Sept., risking his government to fall and even civil war, unless he does. If Netanyahu does lift the moratorium Abbas must quit the negotiations as demanded by The Arab League. Should he, nevertheless, conclude an agreement on the minimal areas of the West Bank that Palestinians control, Hamas and presumably Hezbollah will take action so that a negotiated solution cannot be implemented. On 31 Aug. Hamas shot 4 Israelis. No agreement can be made with a unanimous Gaza West/Bank Palestinian bloc. As the German-Jewish writer, Peter Scholl-Latour has said: "Jerusalem is a matter of the Judgment Day". Exactly Jerusalem is an insoluble problem per se, because according to German historian, Wolfgang Eggert, a messianic sect is advising Netanjahu and evangelical sects advise the top U.S. military in order to accelerate Armageddon in the framework of the Bible as predicted 2000 - 2600 years ago. They think thus to be able to manipulate God's prophecied timetable for the coming of the Messiah by making themselves his tools, because in historic times God has always fulfilled his prophecies through humans. There are indications that their timing is actually closely biblical. Bible Prophecies center precisely around Jerusalem's ultimate fate as Israel's capital forever. The Haqquenite, Ahmedinejad, entertains Muslim messianic expectations.

Al Jazeera 25 Aug. 2010: Mubarak and the Jordanian monarch have been invited to Washington to join a summit (with Pres. Obama) on September 2, during which Israel and the Palestinian Authority are due to resume direct talks for the first time in 20 months
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Right: The Development of Palestinian Territories (green) 1946 – 2000. Source: The Economist 14 March 2010. The Map is being vehemently attacked by the Economist - but it seems to indicate what is under Israeli control - not what is owned by Israelis/Arabs. The Negev, e.g. is said to have been an empty area without owners in 1946.

The Implications of the direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations
The New York Times 29 Aug. 2010By Gadi Taub,  assistant professor of communications and public policy at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is the author of “The Settlers.” 
Herzl´s dream is now seriously threatened by the religious settlers’ movement, Orthodox Jews.  Although these religious settlers are relatively few — around 130,000 of the total half-a-million settlers — their actions could spell the end of the Israel we have known. After all, Herzl´s Zionist movement rooted in Enlightenment sought to achieve by human (or rather inhuman) means what Jews for two millenniums considered to be God’s work alone: the gathering of the diaspora in the land of Israel. Over the following decades another form of religious Zionism came to precedence, inspired by the quasi-mystical writings of Abraham Isaac Kook, who was the chief rabbi of Palestine under the British Mandate in the 1920s and ’30s. Kook saw secular Zionists as the unwitting agents of God’s providence, advancing redemption by returning Jews to their homeland. His son, Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook, later focused his father’s theological ideas around a single commandment: to settle all the land promised to the ancient Hebrews in the Bible.  His disciples, energized by a burning messianic fervor, took Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War of 1967 as confirmation of this theology and set out to fulfill its commandment.

Religious enthusiasm made the movement subversive in a deep sense — adherents believed they had a divine obligation to build settlements and considered the authority of Israel’s democratic government conditional on its acceptance of what they declared to be God’s politicsReligious settlers are steeped in blood-and-soil nationalism. Herzl never doubted that Israeli Arabs should have full and equal rights. For religious settlers, Arabs are an alien element in the organic unity of Jews and their land. In Israel proper, the Arab minority represents about a fifth of its 7.2 million citizens.

Even if Israel annexed only the West Bank, it would more than double its Arab population. With birthrates in the territories far exceeding those of Arabs and Jews within Israel, Jews would soon enough be a minorityIsrael would have to choose between remaining democratic but not Jewish, or remaining Jewish by becoming non-democratic. Think Lebanon, not Switzerland. In truth, both options — and indeed all “one-state solutions” — lead to the same end: civil war. Israel’s enemies have long maintained that Zionism is racism and that Israel is an apartheid state. If the settlers succeed, they will turn this lie into truth. The secular Israeli right has abandoned the idea of annexation but still favors settlement on short-term, and many Israelis have thrown up their hands and accepted this situation, too.
 
JerusalemThe significance of the end of the 10 month construction moratorium on 26 Sept.: End to talks. Israeli civil war if Prolongation?
The moratorium was enforced on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu by Pres. Obama. One Jerusalem 6 Dec. 2009: Netanyahu: “The decision was certainly not easy. It has to do with the heart of the homeland of the Jewish people. Our intention is not to carry out new construction, but not to halt existing construction. This suspension is for its stated time frame - and not beyond. In the Cabinet decision, we made it clear that upon the conclusion of the period of suspension, construction will resume.”
The Prime Minister clearly understands that Israeli society is in danger of pitting Jew against Jew
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The Jerusalem Post 30 Aug. 2010: “There is a government decision to freeze construction only for 10 months, and when that period ends, the decision is no longer valid,” Netanyahu said. The prime minister’s comments came as various Palestinian spokesmen continued to posit this as the central issue in the talks, threatening to walk out of the negotiations if Israel restarts settlement building. Diplomatic sources: The Obama administration would not allow either side to torpedo the talks so soon after they began anew, and certainly not before the US midterm elections on November.
Netanyahu, at the outset of Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting, said his goal was a peace agreement based on the following principles: 1. “The recognition of Israel as the national state of the Jewish Abu-moussapeople, 2. the end of the conflict and of claims on Israel, that will stem from recognizing it as the national state of the Jewish people, and 3. the establishment of tangible security measures on the ground.”
Defence Minister Ehud Barak is acting almost in the capacity of foreign minister since Lieberman has taken a back seat in the current process because he doesn’t believe it will bear fruit!

Right: Arab League Chief, Amr Moussa, The Daily Star Lebanon:  “We are all very pessimistic about the viability of the peace process because of the past experience”. He said Obama had given the Palestinians assurances that Israel would stop settling new territory during talks that are due to last for one year. “If we find that during that year Israel continues to build settlements, then we will not continue the talks but have to reconsider the situation.”

The New York Times 28 Aug. 2010:  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas every two weeks once direct peace talks resume next week, Israeli officials said Saturday. The Israeli leader's proposal appears to indicate that he is serious about the talks and won't allow them to fizzle out after next week's meeting in the U.S. A 10-month moratorium on West Bank settlement construction will expire at the end of September, and the government is divided over whether to extend it. The Palestinians have already announced they will withdraw from peace talks if building is renewed.
There are more than 100 settlements in the West Bank today, territory the Palestinians envision for their future state along with the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem. The international community at large does not recognize the settlements as legally part of Israel. Israel considers all of Jerusalem its eternal capital, while the Palestinians want east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh condemned the renewal of talks late Friday and demanded a boycott. Saturday, the European Union said it will not participate in the talks. The bloc said foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will be in Beijing at the time.

The peace talks as a pawn sacrifice in the strategy against Iran and Obama´s lever in the midway elections
Netanyahu-abbas. obamaReuters 29 Aug. 2010: The one-year U.S. timeline was crafted to push the issue beyond the November 2 U.S. elections — when Obama's fellow Democrats could lose control of the House of Representatives and see big losses in the Senate. Martin Indyk, Brookings: In a year's time, the Iranians will, more likely than not, be on the threshold of nuclear weapons and Netanyahu needs the president of the United States to be in his corner for either what Israel might have to do or what the United States might have to do," a reference to possible strikes on Iran. He said Netanyahu was more worried about the Iranian nuclear threat than about making peace with the Palestinians

World Socialist Web Site 26 Aug. 2010: To the US, the negotiations serve the essential purpose of lending credence to its claim to be an honest broker in the Israel-Palestinian conflict. But maintaining this pretence is equally important to Washington’s Arab allies, who need some public justification for collaborating with aggressive US moves against Iran up to and including a possible military strike.  A report by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) stated that “American credibility … would be seriously diminished if, after repeatedly issuing warnings to the contrary, it permitted Tehran to cross the nuclear threshold.”

Hamas (Iran´s proxy) to sabotage the peace talks
MeshaalAl Jazeera 25 Aug. 2010: The exiled leader of Hamas has warned that talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority could be a 'fatal blow' to the Palestinian cause. Khaled Meshaal, who lives in exile in Syria, said that Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, was too weak to stand up to Israel. "If the talks succeed, they will succeed to Israeli standards and liquidate the Palestinian cause. They'll give us parts of 1967 lands. They'll draw the borders as they want and they'll confiscate our sovereignty," Meshaal said in a speech in Damascus on Tuesday. Meshaal appealed to Hosni Mubarak, the president of Egypt, and King Abdullah of Jordan "not to back these negotiations, which are rejected by the Palestinians". "The results of these negotiations will be catastrophic for the interests and the security of Jordan and Egypt." 

. Meshaal said the Palestinian people "will not feel bound by the outcome of these negotiations, because the Palestinian negotiators renounced their demands".
Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, announced earlier that the talks will be held without preconditions, and will run for a year.

Difficulties seen by the US Council on Foreign Relations, the factual US government
Council on Foreign Relation view Aug. 30, 2010: The reality is that at the domestic political level, neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians are capable of making the types of concessions that are necessary to achieve significant progress. Netanyahu is not dumb. He understands what happened to every government before that in the 1990s and every one since: Those governments have been brought down by the right wing, and he has been protecting his right flank. And that militates against his taking the kinds of steps that would be necessary to meet the Palestinians. The moratorium makes the  situation that the Israelis find themselves in, very, very difficult, Lieberman being sidelined. And it may end up being a deal breaker.
This is political poison for Abbas
. He has no real domestic political incentive to go forward with these talks. His only incentive is not wanting to embarrass President Obama. But Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has done the hard work of building Palestinian state institutions from the ground up - as the jews did before their statehood.

Railway line indicating success of talks?
ANSAmed 27 Aug. 2010: A railway line which would connect - as part of peace accords - the West Bank city of Ramallah with the Gaza Strip is in an advanced phase of planning in Israel, reports the pro-government daily Israel Ha-Yom. Asked by the newspaper, Israeli Transport Minister Israel Katz (Likud) refused to comment.

Comment
There are narrow limits to what can be obtained. 1. Netanyahu is facing an unstable government coalition, his Foreign Minister, Liebermann, having even retired from this peace process, because he does not believe in it. This could lead to the collapse of Netanyahu´s government. 2. If Israel does prolong the construction moratorium beyond 26 Sept., 2010, Netanyahu will have broken his guarantee to the settlere/ultraorhodox Jews, who are extremely influential in Israeli politics. This could lead to civil war in Israel.  3. Most certainly, the end of the construction moratorium introduced to prevent Israeli construction in East Jerusalem, would force Abbas to leave the negotiations. Should he not do so – or should he make an agreement – actions are to be expected to be taken by Iran´s proxy, Hamas – and probably Hisbullah, too. In fact, on 31 Aug. Hamas gunmen shot 4 Israelis , one pregnant, on the West Bank, thus starting a new wave of violence. Hamas rules in Gaza – thus splitting the Palestinians to a degree that no agreement can be made with them en bloc. Behind it all stands Iran Eggert2with its proxies, Syria and and Lebanon (the Hisbullah) and Hamas. 4. Palestinian school children are taught that all Israeli cities are occupied cities (video). 

According to the German Historian, Wolfgang Eggert the Anti-Amalekite, Binyamin Netanyahu, is being advised by a Medieval Jewish Messianic sect which sees it as its aim  to fulfil Biblical apocalyptic prohecies through the bloodbath of Harmageddon (Kook´s followers?) – at the same time as “Christian” evangelical sects are advising leading US military towards the same end. The Haqqanites around Iran´s Ahmedinejad see the same perspective. These sects believe they can accelerate the Coming of their Messiah (e.g. Ezek. 35–39, Jeremiah 25, Joel, Habakkuk 3)/ the Second Coming of Christ (Matth. 24, Luke 21) under the circumstances prophecied in the Bible. The fact is that God always performed his predicted plan through persons at the time chosen by God – and that man as such cannot accelerate that plan until the fixed time. But, indeed, there are very many prophecies about Israel being fulfilled in our day.

As stated above, the peace negotiations just seem to be a never ending theatre – or a theatre with a dramatic conclusion: war – or civil war anyway, as stated by the New York Times. Netanyahu is above all interested in a US attack on Iran – and may use the drama apparently to follow to have a major war with Hisbullah/Syria, which would escalate into a bigger regional war with attacks on Iran and beyond.
So, even if Netanyahu/Ehud Barak might want a peace agreement over the tiny remnants of Palestinian territory the obstacles are so gigantic that the solution can hardly be implemented by humans.
As the German/Jewish author of i.a. “The Sword of Islam”, Peter Scholl-Latour,  once said: “Jerusalem is a matter of the Judgment Day”. For the end time prophecies are centered around the final  destruction of old Jerusalem, then to be rebuilt as Israel´s everlasting capital. Or, you might say it is a question between the politically constructed Rothschild/Herzl Israel, its supporters and the Israel of the Pharisees. But, just a moment: Do not both work toward the same aim by means of the Hegelian dialectic, viz. to abolish Israel and all other national states to create the Pharisaic Rothschild  dictatorial world state after the scenario of Albert Pike´s?