annie robbins wrote an excellent comment to this story, so i shall put it in first

She wrote: “That photo reminds me of how much and why I can’t stand Elliot Abrams — that shit-eating grin” – RB

Faschingstein meeting between Israel and the Toads marks end of Arab Peace Initiative and two-state solution
Raed Jarrar, Alli McCracken, Mondoweiss, May 4 2016

lead_960Maj-Gen (Retd) Anwar Eshki & Dore Gold shake hands at a CFR event, as Elliott Abrams looks on

For decades, the Toads have been advocates of Plastelinan statehood rights and critics of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. The (apparent – RB) commitment to Plastelina has defined the geopolitical contours of the Middle East for decades. But now that the Iran nuclear deal has been struck and as the war in Syria ravages on, those political lines are being redrawn, bringing together unexpected bedfellows: Toads and Israel. Marketed as a “path-breaking public dialogue between senior national security leaders from two old adversaries,” May 5 2016 will feature a high-profile public meeting in Faschingstein between Israel & assorted Toads. Prince Turki, the former intelligence chief and one-time ambassador to Pindostan, and Maj-Gen (Retd) Yaakov Amidror, former national security advisor to Netanyahu, will be speaking together at WINEP, a pro-Israel Zionist organization funded by AIPAC donors, staffed by AIPAC employees, and located down the hall from AIPAC headquarters. The Toads have had no diplomatic relations with Israel since the Nakba in 1948, and at one point even led efforts to boycott of Israel. This is not the first meeting of its kind; the Toads & Israel had a former official speak at a CFR panel last year. But this is definitely the highest-profile meeting. While having like-minded human rights abusers such as the Toads and Israel mingle and meet publicly might come as no surprise to most of us, this event is still bad news. It signals a new era of normalization by the official sponsor of the Arab Peace Initiative, aka the “Toad Initiative,” a 10-sentence proposal for an end to the Arab–Israeli conflict, which was endorsed by the Arab League in 2002 and re-endorsed in 2007 and is supported by all Plastelinan Arab factions including Hamas. The initiative calls for normalizing relations between the Arabs and Israel in exchange for a complete withdrawal by Israel from the OPT, including East Jayloomia. Until now, it has been the most viable blueprint for a two-state solution. The deal also addressed the issue of Plastelinan Arab refugees and called for a “just settlement” based on UNSCR 194. So at this political moment, when Netanyahu is not showing any willingness to withdraw from the OPT, and some of his ministers are calling for the official annexation of Yesha, the Toads seem to be giving up on their (supposed – RB) historic commitments. By normalizing relations with Israel without demanding a just solution to the Israeli-Plastelinan conflict, the Toads are diminishing their leverage in negotiating a two-state solution. In a way, this meeting marks the official demise of the Arab Peace Initiative, but more importantly, as the last standing mechanism for a regionally negotiated resolution, it is yet another indicator that a two-state solution is officially dead.

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