Update (H/T Israpundit): State Department mouthpiece Ian Smelly says the report about the temporary freeze allowing the 2500 units to be worked on is crap and the administration is still insisting on a total freeze. So Israel is a sovereign nation that is allowed to make its own decisions regarding its internal affairs...as long as it's in line with what little Marack wants...eat my shorts. This deal gets more fiascoesque all the time. We need more wombats!
Word is trickling in on the "compromise" over the settlement question. Are you ready for this steaming pile of crap? Tuck in your napkin, grab your knife and fork, and get ready to dig in.
According to what Deadheads used to refer to as an "unconfirmed rumor," Israel would agree to a moratorium of up to 6 months, while the United States (read the White House) would magnanimously grant Israel permission to continue construction on an as yet to be determined number of projects already under way. The number 2,500 is being tossed around, but the State Department disputes that. Perhaps we could have a wrestling tournament: Samantha Power vs Uzi Arad, best of three falls, winner gets to pick the number of houses.
Oh this will be AWESOME. Call Don King!
UZI VS POWER...IN THE STEEL CAAAAAGE!!!!!!
It seems the point of this so-called compromise, is that both Marack and Bibi can declare victory. Marack gets to tell the Arabs he got a concession out of Israel. Bibi gets to tell the Israeli public that he didn't commit to a total freeze, after he said several times there would be no freeze.
Before moving on to the rest of this joke let's take a time out for a reality check for both losers here.
Maybe it's just me, but haven't we already heard from Arab leaders that as far as they are concerned, a moratorium on construction is meaningless? Their goal is the ejection of every Jew from Judea and Samaria. They have made that quite plain. I'm...I'm getting a headache.
I have a suggestion. Here is a much more intelligent idea. High ranking Marack administration officials, and Israeli MKs put their names in a tumbler. Two contestants from each side will be picked. Then, equipped only with a spoon, half a dozen wetnaps, a lime hard candy, a shoelace, and a canteen they must cruise the Australian outback on foot, find a wombat, paint it's rear purple, run around it seven times, and return to the starting point. Whichever team accomplishes the task first gets to set the terms.
Bring out the wombats, bring out the fun!
The White House knows the Arabs could care less about the temporary freeze. Once Marack gets the compromise he will then tell Israel what it already knows; the Arabs aren't going to do shit. Guess what Israel? Now you have to agree to stopping the construction on the current projects we said you could work on...
So the big question is this: When Marack comes back with his new demands on Israel will they shit gold for him or give him a swift kick in the nuts?
Part of what this comes down to is that, in spite of increasing testimony from Shrub administration officials, Marack refused to acknowledge the agreements reached between Israel and that administration. Rather than giving Marack the swift kick in the nuts at that point, which is what Israel should have done, they decided to play this stupid game which is just bringing them to another you should kick Marack in the nuts now moment.
There is of course word that the brilliant Marack plan is a revamped roadmap where the Arabs will make concessions (which we all know they won't make) at the front end of the process, instead of rejecting them at the end of the process. Well, that might at least bring the fiasco to a quicker end.
I can't even begin to get into reports that Channel 2 messed with Bibi's 100 year old father to get him to say that Bibi told him that he was going to make demands that the PA would never consent to because he doesn't really support a Palestinian state. At least that's what Bibi's office is saying. Kadima is making a big tzimis about the fact that this story means Bibi is insincere about creating a Palestinian state. Hey Kadima, that's what we're hoping, and the fact that this pisses you off is exactly the reason you aren't in power.
This entire twisted scenario is what happens when you start trying to make deals with a sociopath. Didn't anyone in Israel watch Star Wars: Episode V?
It's a fiasco. I wonder if the Israelis are starting to realize they're working with the diplomatic equivalent of this...