Something Bad Happened in Jerusalem

Something Bad Happened in Jerusalem

 By Yossi Beilin, Israel Hayom

4.8.2011
via Israel Hayom (translated from Hebrew by Geneva Initiative staff)
 
Last week, the office of Israeli President Shimon Peres cancelled a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. In an op-ed in Israeli daily newspaper Israel Hayom, Yossi Beilin comments on the loss in the cancellation of such a meeting.  
 
As September nears and the moment comes for a decision to be made, few seem eager to make it. The Palestinians know they may lose U.S. aid, and that possible rage, should nothing result from the UN vote, may be directed not only against Israel, but against Palestinian leadership as well. They also fear that recognition may cause a sentiment that the fundamental decision has already been made and strip the international community of a sense of urgency in dealing with the conflict. Israel is not interested in a decision that could potentially turn an unpleasant page at the International Criminal Court, and maybe lead to boycotts and other damages. It also fears another wave of violence with the Palestinian people, regardless of what Palestinian leadership encourages. 
 
We are all quickly moving towards the UN vote. Yet, while we had an opportunity for a serious discussion that would lead to practical solutions, the Israeli side backs out. I am not sure why we did it, but we will all pay the price.