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Palestinian Freedom Later, Not Now - by Stephen Lendman

Washington assures no Palestinian UN membership even though over 130 countries recognize Palestine as a state.

On October 2, Haaretz said "Israel accepts Quartet peace plan," making Palestinian UN membership conditional on negotiating peace with an unwilling partner.

No matter that decades of on-and-off talks never achieved resolution and won't now. 

Moreover, Israel doesn't negotiate. It demands. As a result, restarting the charade assures freedom later, not now.

On October 2, Netanyahu and eight senior cabinet ministers agreed "to support the (Quartet's pro-Israeli scheme) within a month without preconditions."

A formal statement "welcome(d)" the chance to subvert Palestinian aspirations with Quarter help. In part, it said:

"Israel calls on the Palestinian Authority to do the same and to enter into direct negotiations without delay."

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Israel's cabinet discussed resuming talks after failing to reach agreement days earlier on accepting the Quartet's proposal. On Sunday, consensus was reached despite timetable and contentious issue concerns. 

Doing so reflects knowing that negotiations between two unequal partners places Israel in control of a process assuring Palestinians dead-end failure again.

On September 28, Israel's Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya'alon told Israel National News that Israeli/Palestinian negotiations assure no prospects for peace, saying:

"Does anyone think we can sign an agreement" when young Palestinians are "brought up" believing "there is no Jewish nation."

"There is no doubt that the Palestinians going to the UN is a gross violation of the Oslo Accords....(W)e are ready to talk about everything, but the fundamental questions we raised were answered with a resounding 'no,' for example of a future consent, not a condition for beginning negotiations, to recognize Israel as a Jewish nation, and we were told that will never happen. So what can we talk about?"

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Oslo surrendered to Israeli demands in return for which Palestinians became their own enforcers. Peace or treaty negotiations aren't contingent on recognizing another nation's religion.

Principles of the 1994 Israel-Jordan agreement included borders, normalization, security, defense, Jerusalem, water, and Palestinian refugees. Israel never demanded Jordan recognize a Jewish state. It likely never came up nor would it with other Arab states. 

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