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Spoiler Alert: Netanyahu and Lieberman Aren't About to Make Peace With the Palestinians

Israel might make a show of attending an international conference or starting a peace process, but only to buy time.

Here they come again, the gullible ones. They get hit again and again, but they keep falling for it; they keep on believing and never seem to catch on.
They believed in everyone, from Yitzhak Rabin to Benjamin Netanyahu.They’ll surprise us yet, they said, they’ll end the occupation. They’ll establish justice, just wait, you’ll see.
Rabin and Shimon Peres almost made peace. Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert wanted peace (it just didn’t work out for them) and Netanyahu will still make peace, together with Avigdor Lieberman. Any minute now. After all, Lieberman lately has been sounding like Uri Avnery – 1967, two states. Zehava Galon with a beard.
The naïve, who were caught in the net of Oslo and later in the Bar-Ilan trap, will fall for the Netanyahu-Lieberman joke. They are repeatedly taken in and never learn their lesson. Perhaps they are dreaming; perhaps they are despondent. Perhaps it’s a desire to delude themselves or deceive others. Something’s being hatched here, they say – a regional conference, world peace, just give it a chance. Wait, you’ll see.
You don’t need the current wave of flattery directed at Lieberman, certainly not of the embarrassing proportions of Yedioth Ahronoth, and not just from his lackeys in the media, who always promised he would do great things but never delivered. Even in Haaretz there have been opeds hinting that perhaps, who knows, maybe…
But on this issue, even the most unsuccessful forecaster can make a confident prediction: There will be nothing. Nothing.
Spoiler alert: There’s no chance anything will move under Netanyahu-Lieberman, because neither of them has any such intention. They never did, and they never will. Why should they? Even leaving aside their ideology and beliefs, they have no reason, no incentive, to take such bold steps.
Most Israelis are satisfied with the current situation, and they certainly prefer it over any change. The world’s governments make hollow statements, but no one is actually taking any action. Western grumbling won’t be enough to bring craftsmen like Netanyahu and cynics like Lieberman to make any move that will cost them.
We’ve got to tell the world this before it, too, falls into the trap. Israel might make a show of attending an international conference or starting a peace process, but only to buy time.
This incredible, repetitive phenomenon of right-wing leaders gaining power in Israel and then masquerading as cooing doves is unmatched in any other country.
Why didn’t Netanyahu and Lieberman declare war on Tuesday? Why haven’t they started to get rid of Hamas, to exterminate Hezbollah, to annex the territories, to conquer Gaza, to destroy Palestinian homes, to put terrorists to death? Why are they competing to show who is more peace-seeking?
Because they know that it’s easy and worthwhile to deceive everyone. Mumble “two states” and you’ve gained another few years of occupation. Declare that “the unity of the people is more important than the whole land,” and trusting people will seize hold of it.
The hollow right has nothing to offer, other than preserving the status quo, which is its sole objective. It never had a long-term plan, but who cares about the long term, anyway?
In the days to come, the voices of the creditors will become stronger. They will say that Lieberman will yet be Sharon; that deep in his heart, Netanyahu wants peace.
We must silence these voices, because they are fraudulent. Israel has the most right-wing, nationalist government it has ever had. It’s true there have been right wingers who have made surprise moves over the course of history, but they had a motive for making change, accompanied by courage and values.
The Netanyahu-Lieberman team has none of that. We have to internalize this and not spread dangerous illusions.
Leave that for the right; it does it very well.

Gideon Levy
Haaretz Correspondent

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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