- Of all the idiocies uttered in reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu's stunning election victory, none is more ubiquitous than the idea that peace prospects are now dead because Netanyahu has declared that there will be no Palestinian state while he is Israel's prime minister.
- I have news for the lowing herds: There would be no peace and no Palestinian state if Isaac Herzog were prime minister either. Or Ehud Barak or Ehud Olmert for that matter. The latter two were (non-Likud) prime ministers who offered the Palestinians their own state - with its capital in Jerusalem and every Israeli settlement in the new Palestine uprooted - only to be rudely rejected. This is not ancient history. This is 2000, 2001 and 2008.
- The fundamental reality remains: This generation of Palestinian leadership - from Yasser Arafat to Mahmoud Abbas - has never and will never sign its name to a final peace settlement dividing the land with a Jewish state.
- Today, however, there is a second reason a peace agreement is impossible: the supreme instability of the entire Middle East. Syria has al-Qaeda allies, Hizbullah fighters, government troops and even the occasional Iranian general prowling the Israeli border. In the last four years, Egypt has had two revolutions and three radically different regimes.
- The West Bank could fall to Hamas overnight. At which point fire rains down on Tel Aviv, Ben-Gurion Airport and the entire Israeli urban heartland.
- Peace awaits three things. Eventual Palestinian acceptance of a Jewish state. A Palestinian leader willing to sign a deal based on that premise. A modicum of regional stability that allows Israel to risk the potentially fatal withdrawals such a deal would entail. I believe such a day will come. But there is zero chance it comes now or even soon. That's essentially what Netanyahu said Thursday.
The Accusation of Racism Against Netanyahu - Jennifer Rubin
On election night Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu told his followers (and this was borne out entirely by the unprecedented success of the Arab Joint List, which gained 13 seats) that activists were working to hike Arab turnout. ("Arab voters are coming in droves to the ballot boxes....NGOs bring them in buses.") His accusation that certain groups sought his downfall by hiking the Joint List is beyond dispute.
The president's former political operative, Jeremy Bird, who is part of the nonprofit One Voice, had gone to Israel for precisely this purpose, to hike Arab turnout and therefore help unseat the Israeli prime minister. "We are doing an amazing job at getting out the vote with over 15,000 volunteers and more than 40 tents set up throughout Israel," a spokesman for the V15 political action group, allied with One Voice, bragged.
Netanyahu was not marginalizing the Arab vote; to the contrary, he was recognizing that the greater the Joint List turnout, the greater chance he would fall from power. (Washington Post)
This is why Bibi said what he said
Bibi said this today "http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/11483759/Benjamin-Netanyahu-I-remain-open-to-possibility-of-peace-talks-with-Palestinian-Authority.html
and read about all the efforts israeli leadership have made to facilitate a a Palestinian state in the last 15 years and how the Palestinians have thwarted it at every step. http://strongandresolute.blogspot.com/2015/03/palestinians-do-not-want-peace.html
Read what this palestinian intellectual wrote: Palestinian Intellectual Praises Israeli Democracy
March 19, 2015 - 8:36 am
Following the recent Israeli elections, ‘Imad Al-Falouji, head of the Gaza-based Institute for Intercultural Dialogue, wrote an article titled “Israel’s Democracy and Our Anarchy.” Falouji is a former Hamas member who left the movement in 1996 and later served as information minister and as an advisor under Yasser Arafat. In his article he praised Israel’s way of handling controversy, and also praised the Israeli political parties for concerning themselves with the citizens’ wellbeing and with domains such as economy, education and security; this, in contrast to Palestinian parties which, he said, are concerned mostly with political grandstanding and do not seek solutions to the people’s everyday problems. He called upon the Palestinians to emulate the Israeli Arabs who united their ranks in order to bring about change.
Read more: http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/03/19/palestinian-intellectual-praises-israeli-democracy/#ixzz3UvwleVd7
Netanyahu: "I Want a Sustainable, Peaceful Two-State Solution" - Andrea Mitchell
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel discussed a future Palestinian state in an interview with NBC News on Thursday. "I never retracted my speech in Bar-Ilan University six years ago calling for a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognized the Jewish state. What has changed is the reality. Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas], the Palestinian leader, refuses to recognize the Jewish state, he's made a pact with Hamas that calls for the destruction of the Jewish state, and every territory that is vacated today in the Middle East is taken up by Islamist forces....I don't want a one-state solution. I want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution. But for that, circumstances have to change."
"If you want to get peace, you've got to get the Palestinian leadership to abandon their pact with Hamas and engage in genuine negotiations with Israel for an achievable peace. We have to also make sure that we don't have ISIS coming in to that territory. It's only two dozen miles away from our border. It's thousands of miles away from yours. So we need the conditions of recognition of a Jewish state and real security in order to have a realistic two-state solution. And I was talking about what is achievable and what is not achievable."
"I'm very proud of the fact that Israel is the one country in a very broad radius in which Arabs have free and fair elections....I said I'm concerned with the massive foreign-funded effort...that would try to get out votes for a specific party....I was trying to get something to counter a foreign-funded effort to get votes that are intended to topple my party, and I was calling on our voters to come out." (NBC News)