Israel Blackmail Is Still Blackmail!

The politics of peace can not be constructed on the basis of blackmail, threats and denial of human rights. Shalom Kital, an aide to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, said Israel will not release a chunk of the radio spectrum that has long been sought by the Palestinian Authority that would enable the launch of a second mobile telecommunications company unless the PA drops its efforts to bring charges in the International Criminal Court concerning actions by the Israel Defense Force in the invasion of Gaza. “We are saying to Palestinians that if you want a normal life and are trying to embark on a new day, you must stop your incitement. We are helping the Palestinian economy but one thing we ask is to stop with these embarrassing charges.”

A normal life for Palestinians entails the right to use judiciary resources in the world. Bringing charges in the International Criminal Court is NOT an incitement to violence, it is use of the judiciary process. How can any Palestinian trust an Israel leader if they use blackmail as a weapon in negotiating peace?