Double play: For Israel, the pursuit of peace is a sin
Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, assistant to us President for national security John Bolton and head of the national security Council of Israel Meir Ben-Shabbat today hold trilateral talks on Syria in Jerusalem. They have high hopes in all three countries, as stated in the Kremlin and Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed representatives of the three countries with a welcoming speech. He said that he initiated this meeting with the hope to resolve the situation in the Middle East.
— I appreciate the strong relationship that Israel has with both countries and their leaders… I believe there is a broader basis for cooperation between the three of us than many believe, — Netanyahu said. And everything would be great, but for some reason it seems that Israel does not really seek any peace, leading a double or even a triple game. And if it were not for that fact, the Middle East could indeed live in peace. This is recognized by Netanyahu, who said that Israel will continue to oppose Iran in Syria.
— Israel will continue to prevent Iran from using neighboring territories to attack us, — the Israeli leader said.
And just before the trilateral talks, the former head of the Israeli Intelligence Agency Mossad Shabtai Shavit said that Israel does not want peace and that if he had such a desire, he would have made peace with the Palestinian authority long ago. Shavit shared his remarks with the Israeli daily Maariv, reiterating that if Israel wanted peace, it would discuss it in terms of economy and infrastructure, in accordance with the interests of both sides.
However, Shavit said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not see the Palestinian authority as a negotiating partner and therefore refuses to develop relations with it. «You know of another head of the Israeli government, which is not talking with the Palestinians?» he asked.
Shavit also stated that Netanyahu had stopped talking to the Palestinian authority under pressure from the Israeli right, which he said would «Lynch him in the center of the city» if he now started any discussions with the Palestinian authorities.
«We are the strongest in the Middle East,» continued Shavit, adding that» …it is unlikely that an Arab coalition will be formed today that could jeopardize the existence of Israel, as it was in the 1960s and 1970s.»
«The strong can do for themselves what the weak can’t do […] We can move any other side if we want,» he added.
Regarding the Oslo accords of the mid-1990-ies of the last significant attempts at peace negotiations — Shavit said that Israeli right-wing since then, called the agreement a «sin», claiming that if they continued to go this route, you may have peace.
«This is not a fantasy, because those who do not want peace, managed to get most of the country to believe that Oslo was the «mother of all sins», and the desire for peace is also a sin,» concluded Shavit.