Lapid is dreaming. Abbas will never agree to an interim agreement on these terms. The issue of demilitarization and IDF presence in “Palestine” was not discussed. While I think Bibi would like an interim agreement that permits him to build anywhere in the land we keep, Abbas will object to our building in Jerusalem. An interim agreement serves the purpose of evacuating Jews in stages. first the Jews outside of the settlement blocs with some exceptions. They will number just under 100,000 with more to come with the permanent agreement. That would be the purpose of the disengagement otherwise known as convergence. An interim agreement is only possible if we gave them much of what they want. This I don’t want to happen. Ted Belman
Yair Lapid is not only the finance minister; he is also a member of the Political-Security Cabinet, and his opinions on these issues may be crucial when the time comes to make decisions. Lapid does not reveal these opinions often. Last week I spoke with him about his diplomatic viewpoints.
“I believe in a ‘two states for two peoples’ solution. I do not think there is anything more dangerous than the idea of a binational state. The goal of a binational state is shared by the extreme Left and the extreme Right,” he told me. “I am not there. I’m a Zionist.”
This is a general statement, I said. What should be done in the near future? “We seek an interim agreement,” Lapid replied. According to him, striving for a final peace agreement is impractical. Israel should therefore agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state with temporary borders. A state with temporary borders? I was puzzled, as the Palestinians had rejected this concept out of hand. “They rejected it because they feared the temporary would become permanent,” Lapid said.
In order to bring the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiation table, Obama must ratify former President Bush’s letter to former Prime Minister Sharon — the letter which led Israel to adopt the American “road map” for peace. [THIS IS WRONG. IT LEAD TO THE DISENGAGEMENT.] At the same time, Lapid said, Obama must set a timeframe for talks on the permanent borders — three years from now. This way, Lapid explained, the temporary Palestinian state will really be temporary.
The minister does not believe a permanent agreement with the Palestinians would signal the end of the conflict. According to him, ending the conflict would require a solution to two core issues — Jerusalem and the refugees. These issues, Lapid said, are why the negotiations have always hit an impasse. Therefore, he claims, it is preferable to put these issues on the back burner and make do with something that is less than an end to the conflict.
The agreements you seek with the Palestinians, I noted, will lead to the mass evacuation of settlements. Do you expect the Netanyahu government to authorize such an evacuation? Lapid posits that …read more