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Sunday, August 21, 2011

JPost goes off the Left side

I wasn't happy with last week's Editor's Notes from new editor Steve Linde. This week's were bad enough that we're going to try to cancel the subscription in the morning (we've tried canceling the home delivery several times, but every time we try to cancel they just cut the price and beg us not to and Mrs. Carl gives in). I mean, if I wanted Haaretz, I'd buy Haaretz.
Sitting at Jerusalem’s Ambassador Hotel, a Palestinian official who asked not to be identified told me that September 20 was not a holy date, and he believed Malki had been misunderstood.

“There is no date. We know something will happen in September,” he said. “The 20th of September might change. There’s only a decision to go for full membership in the UN, and this decision is being supported by the Arab League and several friends we have in the world.”

The official said the PA had not expected Israel’s “hysterical” opposition to the UN resolution, which he claimed was actually an attempt to save the two-state solution.

“We refuse to say that the two-state solution in 1967 borders is over, as many people are saying,” he said. “We don’t really understand Israel’s reaction. This resolution will not be passed if it doesn’t include ‘a Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the state of Israel.’ When Iran votes for this resolution, it will be voting in recognition of Israel.”

The official slammed Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon for flying across the globe to canvass support for Israel’s opposition to Palestinian statehood.

“This campaign of Mr. Ayalon going all over the world for this ‘moral minority’ is not going to bring him more than five or six votes against any resolution on Palestine,” he said. “We have 122 countries recognizing Palestine. I don’t think all of them will vote for Palestine. We believe that maybe six of them will not, basically eastern European countries, which does not mean that they will vote against.”


Israeli officials expressed concern that a vote in favor of a Palestinian state in the General Assembly would give the Palestinians more ammunition in their diplomatic arsenal against Israel in the international arena. As a UN member state, Palestine could, for example, pursue Israelis for war crimes at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

One official said Israel could, moreover, not accept a Palestinian resolution that called for a return to the 1967 borders. This would put the Western Wall in Palestine rather than in Israel, he noted.


Palestine will soon be a reality, even if its boundaries have not been determined, and Israel doesn’t accept it. Israel is already a reality, although its final borders have not yet been set, either. What will be necessary after September is for negotiators of good faith to sit down and work out a way the two can coexist. For the sake of both.
There are many reasons for Israel to oppose this move - some of which are mentioned by Israeli officials quoted in the article (including Danny Ayalon, whom Linde tries to make look like an idiot).

'Palestine' is not a reality. And God willing, it will never be one.

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At 7:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I told you so - and way before Linde become chief.

Time to bury the Post. Cancel your subscription, folks. Many of us stopped years ago,

The only solution is either an entirely new ownership or a new sane English language Israeli paper.

At 1:02 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

I stopped reading JPost when these Israeli blogs started getting to be so good!


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