Friday, July 26, 2013

"Two State Solution," Playing With Fire

When Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu formally announced that he was abandoning his principles and agreeing to support the "Two State Solution," he jumped into a very dangerous shark-filled sea."  Those less upset claimed that we shouldn't worry:
"because the Arabs would never come to an agreement with us."

Well, things aren't so simple.  By abandoning his long-held principles, Bibi has given more and more support to our enemies, the terrorists, the academics and the diplomats who now blithely mention the so-called Palestinians sic, as if they are not only a "people" but also a country.
photo credit: AP/Seth Wenig
US Secretary of State John Kerry caused a bit of a stir on Thursday at the United Nations when he apparently misspoke by referring to the country of Palestine.
Speaking ahead of talks with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Kerry highlighted the “courageous decision” by Israeli and Palestinian leaders to resume peace negotiations. “It’s my hope that that will be able to happen as procedures are put in place by both countries in order to empower that,” Kerry told reporters.
It has been bad enough that too many people, including United States President Barack Hussein Obama seem to think that there had been a country called "Palestine" here before the establishment of the State of Israel.  Now since we agree to treed them as "equals" if not our superiors letting them demand prior conditions in negotiations.

Every time Israel agrees to a concession, our situation gets worse; the pressure just increases to force us to more concessions.

What was once extreme Left is now Right of Center.

What's there to negotiate if we agree to start negotiations in a position worse than we used to claim we couldn't accept as a final agreement?  And that's even according to previous American policy.
Any US guarantee to the Palestinians that the upcoming negotiations with Israel will be based on the pre-1967 lines would be a violation of written US commitments given to then-prime minister Ariel Sharon, former Foreign Ministry legal adviser Alan Baker wrote in a letter sent this week to Secretary of State John Kerry.
Baker wrote the letter on behalf of the Legal Forum for Israel, along with another attorney with the group, Yossi Fuchs. The forum, formerly called the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel, was set up in the wake of the Gaza withdrawal to promote the rights of the evacuees.
The group quotes from US president George W. Bush’s letter to Sharon on April 4, 2004, which it said was given as a political quid pro quo, in return for Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza.
According to that letter, “As part of a final peace settlement, Israel must have secure and recognized borders, which should emerge from negotiations between the parties in accordance with UNSC Resolutions 242 and 338. In light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli population centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of the final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949, and all previous efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have reached the same conclusion.”
Yes, things have gotten that bad.

graphic NY Times

Just don't act surprised afterwards, when G-d forbid the pressure gets worse and we're fighting for our very existence.  It would be better if now the Israeli Government would back out of all of these negotiations and rescind the support for a "two state solution."

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