it would be worthwhile for U.S. President Barack Obama to take a look at the transcript of an interview Information and Diaspora Minister Yuli Edelstein gave last week to news portal Arutz Sheva. The person assigned to explain government policy calmed his audience by arguing that Likud is “of higher moral fiber than in the past” and will know how to block any diplomatic move that will lead to two states for two peoples.
Edelstein explained that he does not oppose negotiations with the Palestinians “as long as it is clear that the move is not leading to the establishment of a Palestinian state.” The minister was even willing to point to a “positive element” if the proximity talks lead to economic cooperation or help solve the water issue. How generous.
Obama needs to know that Edelstein is not alone. Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon does not miss a chance to say that no one in the forum of seven senior ministers believes in the current peace process. The other vice prime minister, Silvan Shalom, recently said that “the sole decision being considered” at the end of the freeze in settlement construction in September is “the resumption of construction and development of the area.”