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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Time is on our side

This is from a story about Israel's rejection of Abu Bluff's demand for a three-month construction freeze in Jerusalem.
But Amos Gilad, the head of the Defense Ministry’s diplomatic-military bureau, said that direct talks should not be forced on anyone. “There is no alternative to direct talks,” he said, speaking at the 10th Herzliya Conference, “but if they fail, that could be worse than anything.”

Gilad said that the PA security forces were effectively fighting Hamas in the West Bank because of the trauma of losing Gaza to Hamas, which he called “Hamastan.”

But, he cautioned, “Hamas must disappear before peace can be reached.”

Contrary to what our politicians have been trying to sell us since 1993, it is Israel, and not the 'Palestinians' that has all the time in the world. If the 'Palestinians' want to wait another ten years for direct talks until there are a million Jews in Judea and Samaria, let them. The more Jews there are in Judea and Samaria, the less likely that the 'Palestinians' get their state reichlet. And that's with or without Hamas' disappearance (which must happen for Israel to have any hope of living in peace with the 'Palestinians').

There isn't going to be a political settlement in my lifetime or in most of yours. Deal with it.



At 10:56 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - exactly. A million Jews in Yesha will change history. That is one thing no Israeli government will be able to stop. There is no longer any reason Israel has to put its national claims on hold until the Palestinians decide to negotiate. They blew it and in case they forfeited the right to have a state years ago. This is and will always be - the Jewish homeland.

At 10:40 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Just a thought. Could a goal of the "Palestinian" stalling strategy be to just this effect. Whine and complain while the Yesha Jewish population grows to a million. Even when the facts on the ground have changed, the rip van winkle international community will still pressure Israel to uproot these Jewish communities. If any Israeli government tried to uproot 1 million people, the country would break into civil disorder and instability. In any other situation this would appear to be a massive gamble on the part of the Arabs. But, as the world will always align against the Jews, Israel could find itself between a rock and a hard place: international pressure to uproot 1 million and the potential domestic ramifications of such a move. As the Palestinians economically benefit from the settlement construction, the ramp up to 1 million Jews would be an economic blessing - and we know that such building doesnt actually threaten the Palestinians' "human rights", so it would be a win-win strategy for them. Thoughts?


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