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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Video: Interview with Alon Pinkas

When I met with Ed Morrissey on Wednesday, he told me that he had spent about half an hour interviewing Alon Pinkas, Israel's former consul general in New York and an occasional commenter for Politico. Ed has put the interview up and I'm going to post the first part of it below.

Let's go to the videotape.

You can find the second part of the interview, and Ed's comments about it, here.

Pinkas sounds more realistic than Livni, but I doubt he would have the patience that Yisrael Aumann advocates.

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At 9:45 AM, Blogger Eliana said...

It's painful to see someone like Alon Pinkas go on and on about how it's necessary for Israel (due to demographics) to negotiate and make a deal with the impossible "Palestinians" because the next leaders of the "Palestinians" could be worse than the PLO/Fatah gang.

This is such a self-defeating premise. If we tell our enemies that Israel will die (G-d forbid) if we don't get a deal, then all they have to do is to wait. They can get the whole world on their side while they wait for Israel to fall.

Imagine a real estate deal where a building worth a million dollars is on the market and a buyer offers $1000 for it. You don't spend 20 years agonizing why the deal didn't go through while the buyer keeps saying that anything above $1000 is a red line for him.

The deal isn't going to happen, so you move on.

Ariel Sharon made a unilateral withdrawal from Gaza without turning it into a deal because it would have taken another 20 years to get the details worked out. The Arabs would have demanded Judea and Samaria to be included with Gaza (and the right of return to be added for good measure). As mistaken as Sharon was to withdraw from Gaza, he did demonstrate that if Israel wants to do something, it can't be done while trying to spend 20 years agonizing over every single detail with people whose culture does not have the same approach to negotiations as the western world does. The "Palestinians" might as well come from Mars when it comes to trying to get them to understand what a real deal (where everyone is supposed to live up to promises or suffer consequences) looks like.

The only way forward is for Israel to make a large unilateral move without consulting with the "Palestinians."

Israel needs to annex Judea and Samaria but leave Arab towns in Judea and Samaria as un-annexed so that these Arabs won't be citizens. They would certainly be far more prosperous than they are now, but they would not be allowed to bring millions of Arabs into their towns to live with them.

Mahmoud Abbas should retire and take the rest of the PLO/Fatah gang with him.

Enough is enough. It's time for Israel to make the decisions.

The PLO/Fatah gang has said all along that they want a one state solution. It should happen, except that the one state should be Jewish.

It's doable. I think it will be even more doable if the Oslo Accords are declared dead due to Abbas and company's actions. I hope to see the Oslo Accords declared dead within a few months.


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