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Netanyahu on Palestinian State

September 24, 2011

We saw an artfully diplomatic PM Netanyahu address the UN this past week.  In that speech, the PM rightfully stated that there can be no true Palestinian state without peace with Israel.  Geographically, we are talking about a postage stamp within a postage stamp here.  While strong fences make good neighbors, having a neighbor who tosses his garbage over said fence still leads to disharmony and tension in the neighborhood.

Netanyahu’s speech was incredible in its depth and its truth.  The UN has been no friend to Israel, and that is good to call to account.  Further, the reality of Israel’s history to accomodate peace with Palestine is a good reminder of who has been the real roadblock here.  Netanyahu’s grasp of reality is also refreshing.

But as the prime minister of Israel, I cannot risk the future of the Jewish state on wishful thinking. Leaders must see reality as it is, not as it ought to be. We must do our best to shape the future, but we cannot wish away the dangers of the present.


President Abbas just said on this podium that the Palestinians are armed only with their hopes and dreams. Yeah, hopes, dreams and 10,000 missiles and Grad rockets supplied by Iran, not to mention the river of lethal weapons now flowing into Gaza from the Sinai, from Libya, and from elsewhere.

World governments have been consistent in asking Israel to do what they themselves would never consider.  The PM rightly brings this to bear on these governments.

So I want to ask you. Would any of you — would any of you bring danger so close to your cities, to your families? Would you act so recklessly with the lives of your citizens?

The light of truth shines on the darkness of the Islamist lie:

President Abbas just stood here, and he said that the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the settlements. Well, that’s odd. Our conflict has been raging for — was raging for nearly half a century before there was a single Israeli settlement in the West Bank. So if what President Abbas is saying was true, then the — I guess that the settlements he’s talking about are Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jaffa, Be’er Sheva. Maybe that’s what he meant the other day when he said that Israel has been occupying Palestinian land for 63 years. He didn’t say from 1967; he said from 1948. I hope somebody will bother to ask him this question because it illustrates a simple truth: The core of the conflict is not the settlements. The settlements are a result of the conflict. (Applause.)

The settlements have to be — it’s an issue that has to be addressed and resolved in the course of negotiations. But the core of the conflict has always been and unfortunately remains the refusal of the Palestinians to recognize a Jewish state in any border.

The catch, as many realize (though others may not admit), is that the Palestinians will not accept peace with Israel, or acknowledgement of Israel as a legitimate state.  Hamas will staunchly refuse peace with Israel, regardless of what Abbas will promise.  The surrounding Arab Muslim states will refuse to recognize Israel and will continue to funnel weapons and money to Hezbollah, Hamas, and other groups who thrive on conflict, terror, and destruction.

Read the whole speech here.  Every Israeli (even every Jew) should be proud of the leadership of Mr. Netanyahu.

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