Sunday, April 08, 2012

Repercussions for Palestinians in Israeli's Rise

Pinhas Inbari of the WJC reports on the rise of former IDF Chief of Staff Shaul Mofaz as head of Israel's Kadima party, replacing MK Tzipi Livni as the official leader of the country's opposition. According to Inbari

Mofaz’ rise to the top of the Kadima party is largely viewed as a negative development by the PLO government in Ramallah. The Palestinian leadership sees Livni’s demise as the loss of a major strategic ally in Israel and a threat to their quest for a political solution along the 1967 borders.

With Livni’s fall, Ramallah rightly or wrongly feels that it is left without an insider friend in Israel. The newly minted leader of Israel’s Labor party, MK Shelly Yachimovich, has forsaken her party’s traditional accent on the peace process and has instead chosen to concentrate on Israel’s social agenda--its version of the Arab Spring….

Mofaz, however, published a peace plan that makes his potential relationship with Abbas more complex. The plan is based on the principle of "a state within interim borders", which Ramallah has persistently rejected over the years, demanding instead to adhere to the recognition of the 1967 borders. Moreover, Ramallah has been irked by Mofaz’ relationship with Palestinian leader Muhammad Dahlan--Abbas’s bitter enemy and political rival.

The Palestinians view Dahlan as Mofaz’ ally in fulfilling the “state within interim borders” plan. While Dahlan has not disputed the official PLO position of rejecting the notion of "a state within interim borders," he has admitted in a rare truthful moment that it was a pity the idea was never seriously offered by the Israelis.

Click here to read the whole article. Inbari is a first-rate analyst and a skilled reporter; and the WJC, which was founded in 1936, is an important organization.