Yoram Ettinger, the former Israeli consul in Washington, DC, is unfazed by Mahmoud Abbas’s threats to dismantle the Palestinian Authority (PA) if negotiations with Israel are discontinued.
Ambassador Ettinger told Arutz Sheva that Abbas is well aware of Israel’s fear of taking control of Judea and Samaria. “He knows that the Israeli leadership gets weak-kneed when faced with such declarations, and he estimates that Israel will lose its cool and announce that it cannot rule the territory, and then carry out concessions that it is not willing to carry out at present.”
Ettinger, who thinks this Israeli trepidation is unjustified, called on Israel to immediately take responsibility for Judea and Samaria. “Until today, we have seen that all of the basic assumptions behind Oslo have been shattered in front of our eyes. A Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria is a recipe for losing the Jewish state.
“On the other hand,” added Ettinger, “the terror in the pre-Oslo days was miniscule in comparison to that which followed Oslo, as was the number of people killed.”
“It is time to go back to the era that preceded Oslo,” he summed up, “and take responsibility for the security of all of Judea and Samaria. The defense establishment has to move the clock hands forward.”
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