Binyamin Netanyahu laid out his
vision to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.
In brief, it's a fine speech, making
many needed points, but it fails on the critical point of prematurely
accepting a Palestinian state.
Here are some of the high points,
important statements eloquently articulated:
"The greatest danger
confronting Israel, the Middle East, the entire world and human race, is the
nexus between radical Islam and nuclear weapons."
"the root of the
conflict was, and remains, the refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish
people to a state of their own, in their historic homeland."
"The closer we get to
an agreement with [the Palestinians], the further they retreat and raise
demands that are inconsistent with a true desire to end the conflict.
"The claim that
territorial withdrawals will bring peace with the Palestinians, or at least
advance peace, has up till now not stood the test of reality."
are not yet ready to say the simple words: Israel is the nation-state of the
Jewish people, and it will stay that way."
prerequisite for ending the conflict is a public, binding and unequivocal
Palestinian recognition of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people."
"there must also be a
clear understanding that the Palestinian refugee problem will be resolved
outside Israel's borders."
The principles that
guide his government's policy: "Palestinians must clearly and unambiguously
recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people" and "The territory under
Palestinian control must be demilitarized with ironclad security provisions
The problematic section concerns the
acceptance of the two-state solution. The Israeli government should also
require, at the least:
1. A complete overhaul of
messages coming from textbooks, classrooms, media, sermons, political
rhetoric, and the other areas of public Palestinian discourse, eliminating
the anti-Semitism, the anti-Zionism, and the incitement while condemning
terrorism and other acts of "resistance."
2. A protracted era in which
Palestinians do not engage in violence against Israelis.
3. Normal relations in such areas
as trade, tourism, sports, and scholarly exchanges.
4. A good-neighborly foreign
article by Daniel Pipes -