"I heard the prime minister say with my own ears that he has no intention of freezing construction in the settlements or in Jerusalem. He said there is no agreement to freeze construction in the settlements. I am telling you this first-hand."
This was confirmed by officials close to Netanyahu.
Now, it's great to hear this from Yossi Peled. But we haven't heard it from Bibi, the only mouth that really matters.
Is it possible that this is true, that this is Bibi's stance? Of course it could be true. But this is politics in Israel. It is also just as possible that Bibi told Peled to address his antsy Likud activists, that he knows are lining up, and preparing to take him on and take him down if he agrees to the freeze, or giving up Yehuda and Shomron and any part of Jerusalem, in order to placate them while he caves behind closed doors and see who will stand by him and who will not.
It is also possible that he did in fact say it, meant it, and had Peled say it in order to assess just how strongly his MKs would support him, while sending a message to Washington, Europe, and the rest of the world. Bibi got to say it, without actually having to say it.
Tzipi Hotovely rocked the boards as usual:
"The Likud campaign promised no more withdrawals. Don't delude yourself into thinking the world is talking to us about outposts. It is talking about our core, about Jerusalem. We need to maintain our platform and not allow the Likud to become a second Kadima."Hotovely has been outspoken in her support of Yesha, and maintaining the Likud's integrity and dedication to the platform they ran on. It is well known that she and a handful of other Likud MKs hold the keys to Bibi's staying in power. It all rests on how he handles Yesha and Jerusalem. Though she is only in the Knesset for six months, she has shown that she is tough, smart, shrewd, and that she knows how the game is played. An observant Jew with all this, and an unwavering dedication to Israeli sovereignty in Eretz Yisrael? Is it any wonder why I think she's the bee's knees?
She knows the best course for Israel, and Likud, is to stand on their principles; the principles that put them in office:
"I'm sure the prime minister is a partner to our path. We will do everything possible to preserve the Likud's ideology. We will tell the prime minister, 'We stand behind you in the face of international pressure and will help you tell the world that we won't surrender.'"
Likud MK Yariv Levin a said:
"We won't let what happened in the past happen again," Levin said. "We got the mandate. The Likud must reign."
Knesset speaker Reuvin Rivlin, in comments apparently directed at Marack Pajama, said:
"No one can prevent the people of Israel from exercising their sovereignty in the land of Israel. Next year in an undivided Jerusalem."Considering all that is riding on this, Bibi had best not even attempt pulling a Sharon on Yesha. Manhigut Yehudit is waiting in the wings should Bibi crack. After the failure of "land for peace," in the wake of the betrayal and destruction of Gush Katif, the refugees of which are still without homes, there is no way Israel, a country where Marack has a lower approval rating than Nancy Pelosi has in America, is going to accept a settlement freeze and evacuation of Yesha in the name of giving up the land of Eretz Yisrael to a bunch of blood thirsty, Jew hating maniacs like the PLO and Hamas.
I pray this is for real, and not some b.s. diversionary game. And I wonder what Danny Danon thinks of all this? I hope Hotovely and the other nationalist Likudniks are able to strengthen Bibi's spine. With a hostile dingdong douche like Marack in the Oval Office this is not the time for party games and no confidence votes.
The message to the world must be clear and unwavering. The Arabs had their chance for peace. Sixty-one years they had. No more negotiating with these genocidal PLO idiots. They showed their face in Beit Lechem. The peace process sham is over.
There's already a Palestinian state. It's called Jordan. Let the PLO go to war with the Hashemites for it. It couldn't happen to bigger bunch of scumbags.