Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Yediot Quotes Senior Diplomatic Source: Netanyahu is Leading Us to Disaster

The main headline in Tuesday’s Yedioth Ahronoth blared in white on red quoting an unnamed “very senior diplomatic source,” that “Netanyahu is leading us to disaster." 

"The prime minister discounts the entire world. He is not interested in the Palestinians, but this will all blow up in our faces. The Netanyahu government is leading Israel towards a disaster," said the official, who asked to remain anonymous. Specualtions lead (per channel 10's morning show) to the Foreign Ministry's Director General Rafi Barak or Lieberman's ousted deputy, Danny Ayalon.  

 "Netanyahu is leading a foreign policy of a sheep that roars like a lion, instead of a lion in sheep's clothing. We roar, but we forget that we don't really have the power to back up our threats."

The senior official said peace negotiations are not likely to resume after the elections due to the conditions set by the prime minister. "You can't go wild and announce construction in east Jerusalem every other day at a time when peace talks are stalled. The Arabs consider this an attempt to 'Judaize' Jerusalem and they will not let it pass," said the official. 

"Netanyahu is ignoring the fact that (Palestinian President Mahmoud) Abbas is working to calm the situation on the ground. Instead, (former Foreign Minister Avigdor) Lieberman tells the world that there is no point in negotiating with the Palestinians until they reach a GDP of $10,000. Arab leaders are saying that the two-state solution is dead and that a binational state should be the goal. This will destroy Israel as a Jewish state," the official was quoted in Yedioth Ahronoth.