There is no guarantee that successive Israeli governments will recognize earlier agreements

During the last round of the indirect Syrian-Israel negotiations in Turkey, the Israeli team could not even guarantee that the next Israeli government would honor the agreed pre-negotiations terms and preparatory steps! Therefore, it appears to the Syrians that such engagement with any Israeli team is an utter and futile waste of time, even if the Israeli teams are sincere in their aim for peace.

The lacking of internal Israeli cohesive agenda and guidelines, binding to successive Israeli governments, is even more problematic from the Syrian point of view, as the Syrians fear the potential for future Israeli governments to renege on even the definition of some terms in an agreement.

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Israeli counter-arguments to above objection


By law, successive governments in Israel must abide by agreements reached by previous governments. Things that have not been formally agreed upon, may or may not be honored. But as Israeli governments have a tendency of changing not only after 4 years, but sometimes after 1 year, time is of the essence. That is why negotiations should not drag on for years.

It should be understood that hawkish governments aren’t always a threat to previous negotiations. They could indeed turn out exactly the opposite – a blessing. It is important to remember that those Israeli leaders who handed back more control, evacuated more settlements, and withdrew from more territory, have been Netanyahu, Sharon, and Begin.

Hawkish governments also have a supportive dovish opposition that will make it easier to ratify a peace treaty. Sharon’s withdrawal from Gaza, for example, received the support of his opposition.

Lastly, when we consider the current Likud led government, there is no political leader, even in the back rows, which seems to be able to catch up to PM Netanyahu’s authority and popularity. Therefore, there is much more hope to see continuity over his reign, which will allow Israel and its neighbors, Syria chiefly amongst them, to finalize peace treaties. Netanyahu has brought stability to the Israeli political arena. He is the one Syria should negotiate with.


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One Response to “There is no guarantee that successive Israeli governments will recognize earlier agreements”

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    Noam Bec wrote:

    We can never be sure as to the future, but Israeli governments record in keeping earlier agreements is fairly good, so far. Rabin’s dovish government kept the peace agreement signed by a former Likud government, and Bibi’s first government kept the peace signed by Rabin with Jordan.

    In his first government Bibi also formally accepted the Oslo accords but did all he could to withhold them. For his defense he claimed, not entirely groundlessly, that Arafat did the same.

    In current Bibi’s government, Avigdor Liberman tried to evade the Annapolis agreement but gave it up after being publically condemned.

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