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Friday, April 23, 2010

Re-thinking the 'two-state solution'

Here's one Jewish organization that's calling for a re-thinking of the 'two-state solution.'
The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) today urged American political leaders to reconsider its "two-state solution" policy with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian situation. The NCYI also announced that they are initiating a grass roots effort intended to enlighten U.S. leaders as to the dangers of advocating for an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. The National Council of Young Israel's actions come in the wake of recent statements by U.S. diplomatic leaders which signal that the United States intends to aggressively pursue a "two-state solution" as a prerequisite to peace in the region.

NCYI President Shlomo Z. Mostofsky, Esq. questioned the logic of putting forth a proposal that is virtually certain to fail. He cited a number of outstanding issues that essentially preclude the furtherance of any peace talks prior to them being addressed and resolved.

For example, Mostofsky pointed to the fact that the Palestinian Authority's Chief Justice recently reminded Palestinians that selling land to Jews is considered "high treason," a crime that carries with it a death sentence. In fact, numerous Palestinians have been put to death over the years for allegedly selling property to Jews. "It is unfathomable to engage in any serious discussion about peace while the Palestinians' longstanding racist policy of equating selling land to a Jew with a death sentence remains in effect," said Mostofsky. "We question how the United States could decide to engage in direct interaction with a regime that advocates a housing policy which undermines all of the protections that America's fair housing policies expressly seek to preserve for its own citizenry."

Mostofsky also cited the ongoing saga involving Israeli MIA Gilad Shalit as a barrier to any peace agreement. "So long as the Palestinians continue to use this young man's life as a bargaining chip, their assertion that they are interested in peace is absolutely meaningless," said Mostofsky. "Until Gilad Shalit is unconditionally released and reunited with his family, the prospect of peace is a mere fantasy."
I agree with the National Council of Young Israel. However, the initiative to take this position cannot come from abroad - it has to come from within Israel itself. For the last seventeen years, one Israeli government after another has adopted the position that the 'two-state solution' is the 'only solution.' No government is going to be more Zionistic than the Israeli government. Unless and until the Israeli government officially takes a position that the two-state solution is an impossible fantasy, no one else is going to take that position.

And for those of you who worry that the positions taken above will result in Israel being either not Jewish, not democratic or both, please go here.


At 12:41 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I don't think Israel's government is going to veer away from national suicide. I'd love someone to prove me wrong.

At 3:31 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

It may be alarmist but Moshe Feiglin is sounding the alarm:

"Chairman Moshe Feiglin of the Jewish Leadership (Manhigut Yehudit) faction of the Likud party warned Friday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has come to a quiet agreement with the United States regarding the division of Jerusalem. Interviewed by Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, Feiglin said announcements of support by the Geneva Initiative organization are proof that something is brewing under the surface."

"He said it's not the first time the extreme left has taken over a prime minister and now it's taking over the Likud, adding that if Netanyahu succeeds in changing the Likud constitution to allow himself a free hand in policy, it will be the end of the party's nationalist camp and a combination with the Kadima party, 100 times worse than the uprooting of Jews from Gaza in the Disengagement of 2005."

Could Netanyahu bring about the unthinkable? Previous Likud governments have done just that and if he can get Kadima to join the government or at least lend it its quiet support, it could very well come true. Pay attention to what the government will actually do - not to its denials and efforts to mislead the public into believing it will not carry out a second Disengagement. If all that sounds familiar - its because we've seen that script before with Sharon.

Its all here from Feiglin: Jerusalem's Destruction Is At Hand

Don't say you weren't warned and didn't know.

At 6:04 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

morally, any support for a "YUDEN-EIN" solution, ius agreeing to a FINAL solution.
the demographics argument is a red herring. what will we do in 10 years and 90% of europe and the un is moslem. They will have an anti-zionism, anti-state-of-israel resolution.


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