August 23, 2010
Here we go again. Talks between Israel and the Palestinians reportedly will resume soon for the first time in 20 months. Let's see now, how did the last talks get broken off? Oh yes, it was terrorist attacks launched from territory the Palestinians control.
In the period since there have been the usual rantings on Palestinian television and by Palestinian leader, not to mention Hamas and Hezbollah, that all of the land called Israel belongs to them and they intend to take it by force, or by negotiation, or a combination of the two.
The U.S. State Department and the rest of the Obama administration presses on. And then there's this laugher: the U.S. has assured Israel that Iran is not close to getting a nuclear bomb. Really? The government said that once before and later reversed itself. Nothing has changed and negotiations will change nothing, except Israel might be forced to make more concessions and get the usual nothing in return, except for more terror.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.