Obama lets the truth slip
Caroline Glick points out that at the Saban forum this past weekend, President Obama accidentally told the truth
about the 'negotiations' with the 'Palestinians.'
But during his remarks at the Saban Forum on Saturday, Obama let the
cat out of the bag. Gaza, he admitted, is a separate entity. A peace
deal, he explained, “is going to have to happen in stages.”
As he sees it, a peace deal will involve an Israeli withdrawal from
Judea and Samaria. A post-Israel Judea and Samaria will be so wonderful
that the Gazans will decide to join it.
Obama explained, “If there is a model where young Palestinians in Gaza
are looking and seeing that in the West Bank Palestinians are able to
live in dignity, with self-determination, and suddenly their economy is
booming and trade is taking place because they have created an
environment in which Israel is confident about its security and a lot of
the old barriers to commerce and educational exchange and all that has
begun to break down, that’s something that the young people of Gaza are
going to want. And the pressure that will be placed for the residents of
Gaza to experience that same future is something that is going to be I
think overwhelmingly appealing.”
Israeli demographics and Palestinian nationalism have been the basic
assumptions upon which the peace process has been based. But the
Obama-recognized fact that Gaza is a separate political entity
demonstrates the emptiness of both.
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The truth is that the “demographic time bomb” is a PLO-concocted lie.
In its 1997 census, the PLO falsified its data and inflated the number
of Palestinians by 50 percent. They then projected natural growth and
immigration rates that bore no relation whatsoever to reality.
In truth, demography is one of Israel’s strongest advantages, not an
existential threat. Were Israel to absorb the Palestinian populations of
Gaza and Judea and Samaria tomorrow, Israel’s Jewish majority would be
reduced from 78% to well over 50%. While Israel’s Jewish identity would
not be in doubt, it would be weakened.
On the other hand, without Gaza, there is no demographic threat to
Israel’s Jewish majority. If Israel applies its sovereignty over Judea
and Samaria and offers a path to citizenship to its Palestinian
residents, Israel would still retain a two-thirds Jewish majority. And
if current fertility and immigration rates hold, within 15 to 20 years,
Jews could well restore their 80 percent majority overall.
Then there is the Palestinian nationalism issue.
. Caroline is spot-on.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Caroline Glick, demography, Middle East peace process, two-state solution