Yuval Diskin, Shin Bet chief 2005-2011
The web-only Times of Israel reports that Yuval Diskin — one of the former heads of the Shin Bet security chief who were featured in the documentary film “The Gatekeepers” — has voiced some worried thoughts about the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that continue in unusual secrecy.
He says a major unintended consequence could be a “Palestinian Spring”: big protests and an uprising that Israel’s military and politicians might find very difficult to contain.
“All of the conditions exist in our situation for the Palestinian masses to rise up,” Yuval Diskin told a conference at the Finance Ministry’s Budget Division. “In the West Bank, the intense tension and frustration is worsening among the Palestinians, who feel that their land is being stolen from them, that the state they strive for is getting further away, and the economy is no longer something that they can take comfort in.”
Diskin also called for Israel’s neighbors to be given an active role in the negotiations with the Palestinians. “We must bring in Egypt and Jordan to the early stages of the negotiation process. Their entrance into this story will give [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas legitimacy to make critical decisions.”
Diskin struck a pessimistic note about Israelis’ confidence in the prospects of peace with the
Palestinians. “It is also clear,” he said, that there was no chance of the Israeli public demanding a push for the peace process, “at least according to the political picture that emerges at the moment.”
October 22, 2013