The Yesha Council of Settlers reacted angrily Tuesday to a Haaretz report detailing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan for a West Bank withdrawal as part of a diplomatic initiative to counter an impending unilateral Palestinian declaration of statehood.
Netanyahu is weighing a withdrawal of Israel Defense Forces troops from the West Bank and a series of other measures to block the "diplomatic tsunami" that may follow international recognition of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders at the United Nations General Assembly in September.
"Instead of behaving with a cool head and reason, Israel is radiating panic," Yesha said in a statement.
While I never really expect anything out of the chronically indecisive Netanyahu, who is the epitome of a weak leader, I continue to find it a little baffling that Israel doesn't just leave the parts of the West Bank that even it agrees it will never maintain control over anyway. Everything is so locked up in terms of what's a "concession" that folks can't understand the idea of a freebie.
Then again, I still maintain the unilateral Gaza pullout was a net positive for Israel, which I gather puts me in a rather distinct minority.