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Thursday, June 18, 2009

A choice between fantasy and statehood?

A Wall Street Journal editorial sums up the 'Palestinian' reaction to Prime Minister Netanyahu's Sunday night speech in this manner:
As for the Palestinians, for too long they have practiced a kind of fantasy politics, in which all right was on their side, concession was dishonor, and mistakes never had consequences. It hasn't earned them much. Mr. Netanyahu's speech now offers them the choice between fantasy and statehood. Judging from early reactions, they're choosing wrongly again.
What the 'Palestinians' are choosing is to continue with what the Journal calls their 'fantasy politics.' And they are doing so with the encouragement of the Obama administration.

If the administration's reaction to Sunday night's speech had been to turn to the 'Palestinians' and ask them what they are willing to sacrifice for 'peace,' the 'Palestinians' might have been called on the carpet for their 'fantasy politics.' At a minimum, the 'fantasy politics' would have been exposed to the entire World.

Instead, the administration has continued to push Israel on the 'settlement freeze.' In the World according to The One, it is only Israel that has to make concessions for 'peace.' The Obama administration's policies (and not just its reaction to Netanyahu's speech) have allowed the 'Palestinians' to continue to believe that all right is on their side, that concession is dishonor and that mistakes never have consequences.

Does it matter to the 'Palestinians'? Probably not. Life is good for them. They have plenty of time.

What could go wrong?


At 1:17 PM, Blogger Hutzpan said...

(off topic)
Could you please comment on this:

At 6:24 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

With the Obama Administration continuing to pressure Israel, why should the Palestinians change? But this time Obama faces the problem that Israel isn't budging no matter how much pressure is applied and with the Europeans ditching the Quartet conditions, there's no trust in Israel in the sincerity of Western commitments. If the US keeps enabling the Palestinian fantasy, the peace process won't ever be revived.


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