Yossi Beilin, the second-smartest Israeli politician after Peres, and unbelievably filthy leftist scum, called on Obama’s envoy Mitchell to step down.
Mitchell is a close acquaintance of Beilin’s. Though Beilin veiled his call in the most polite terms of preserving Mitchell’s integrity, which has been shattered by the recalcitrant Netanyahu government, the Peres-Beilin camp is clearly dissatisfied by Mitchell’s relatively sensible approach.
Just as he did in Northern Ireland, Mitchell refrains from pushing, but rather lends himself to both sides so that their offers come ostensibly from America. This approach worked well in Northern Ireland, where the parties rejected any offers that came from their opponents but were willing to accept the same offers once they came from America, a neutral party.
When Beilin announced his intention to retire from politics, we immediately suspected that Peres was cooking another Oslo agreement. Then, too, Beilin worked behind the scenes. Peres no longer controls the government as he did at the time of the Oslo accords, and cannot provide his poodle with a sinecure free from Netanyahu’s influence.
Beilin’s involvement makes sense of Israel’s secret negotiations track with the Palestinians.
Beilin currently spends much of his time in the United States. Together with his close friend, anti-Israeli extremist Rahm Emanuel, he apparently plans to replace Mitchell with a more hard-line figure who would be able to bend Netanyahu.