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Sunday, June 07, 2009

'We'll have to accept a two-state solution'?

Israel Radio reported on Saturday that Israeli government officials have concluded that Israel has no choice but to accept a 'two-state solution.'
A day after US President Barack Obama called on Israel and the Palestinians to "redouble efforts" towards a two-state solution, officials in Jerusalem assessed that Israel will eventually have no other option but to accept the establishment of a Palestinian state, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will have to adopt a two-state solution because Washington will not give up on this issue, the officials reportedly said.

Israeli officials told the radio station that if Netanyahu agrees to adopt the road map peace plan, he will prevent Obama's administration from pressuring Israel into accepting the establishment of a Palestinian state in different circumstances.

The Jerusalem Post could not independently confirm the report.
It would surprise no one if the government accepted the 'two-state solution.' After all, the only Jewish party that rejects that 'solution' is not in the government.

But there's an assumption here that in return for Netanyahu uttering the words 'two-state solution,' we are going to get the Americans off our backs on a whole host of other issues, starting with building in the 'settlements' and continuing with not going back to the 1949 armistice lines, the 'Palestinian' 'right of return,' and other issues that have long prevented a 'permanent solution' from taking place. Some people here even believe that Israel agreeing in theory to the 'two-state solution' will even be enough to get America to be more cooperative on preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

I'm afraid that's wishful thinking.


At 11:26 AM, Blogger R-MEW Editors said...

Every time the GOI concedes on one demand or another, it is followed by demands for further concessions. Moving the goal posts has become the norm. I do believe however, that accepting the Road Map -- while it calls for two states -- is an intelligent concession to make at this point. For one, as Lieberman has stated, Israel has already agreed the Road Map (conditioned with 14 reservations). For another, the Road Map is a performance-based agreement under which the Palestinians have yet to successfully fulfill commitments specified in the first phase and will never do so as long as Hamas is in power.

The simple (although regrettable) fact is that if the Palestinians were to ever dismantle their terrorist infrastructure and formally end incitement, an overwhelming majority of Israelis would accede a Palestinian state. Even a right-wing government would have to comply or be voted out of office.

But it won't happen. The Palestinians have demonstrated time and again that they are not interested in sovereignty unless it obviates Jewish sovereignty. They will never meet their obligations as specified in the Road Map.

As Lieberman has proffered, Israel should embrace the Road Map while insisting that the Palestinians adhere to its provisions like glue. There must be no further concessions, no "good faith" gestures, no plasticity whatsoever. That is called integrity and even Obama will have to respect it.

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


If we're going to accept the 'road map,' it ought to be with Sharon's 14 reservations. As Caroline Glick pointed out last night, that's the only way Israel accepted it in the past.

But I doubt that's going to mollify Obama. It won't advance his goal of making America into a Muslim ally.

At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I accept the Ribbono Shel Olam's "road map".

I know what the terms and conditions are and I can tell what's happening when we are in breach of contract.

At 7:39 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The point is accepting a two state solution now would be giving up Israel's strongest asset for nothing. Nothing Israel does short of committing national suicide is going to mollify Obama. An Israeli surrender is not going to buy Israel American goodwill. It is merely going to set the stage for a host of other concessions Israel will be expected to make.

It would be going back to the Oslo road of concessions for nothing. Everyone would be happy but the Jews. And who is imposing that upon Israel? Not the US. Its too bad some nice Jews want to do it because they're more afraid of Obama than of Hashem!

What could go wrong indeed

At 8:22 PM, Blogger Don M said...

So, under the two state solution will Jordan and Egypt go away?

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Gail said...

Wait a minute, it was my understanding that Israel had always supported a 2-state solution...provided that Israel remained intact and is one of the states.

It is not Israel that has been obstructing the peace plan, but the palestinians and the rest of the muslim world.

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

why do you repaet the canard that it is a two state solution.
Since Jordan is eastern Israel/palestine/holyland it would be a three state solution.
win the propaganda war!


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