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Yesterday, we noted the impossibility of the Palestinian all-or-nothing negotiating position. Today, Tom Wilson of Commentary points out the blame that Israel gets for allegedly being unwilling to make necessary concessions for peace — despite all the evidence to the contrary and all the evidence of Palestinian intransigence:
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Such vague talk of “difficult decisions” is easy, but precisely what tough decisions is it that Israel could make that these diplomats can honestly say would make an iota of difference to the current Palestinian attitude? This talk simply neglects to account for the present, and indeed longstanding, attitude of the Palestinian leadership.
Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 8:32 AM | Stand For Israel
We don’t often include offerings from New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman in this space, mostly because we think he almost always gets it wrong. This piece is no exception. Friedman – who, like so many others, has always put more of the responsibility for peacemaking on the shoulders of Israelis than on Palestinians – again puts the ball firmly in Israel’s court for a solution to the conflict, for not provoking the BDS movement, and for uniting Jews all over the world:
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No one expects Israel to concede to whatever Palestinians demand or to accept insecure borders or to give Palestinians a free pass on their excesses. And Kerry is not asking that. Israel should bargain hard and protect its interests. But Israel has to be seen as credibly committed to ending its control over the Palestinians in the West Bank.
Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 8:14 AM | Stand For Israel
We don’t always agree with Jeffrey Goldberg’s assessments, but he’s always worth reading and, today, he’s right on the money. There are a number of, we assume, unintended consequences to the incessant warnings coming from Secretary of State John Kerry and others about the possible results of failure in Israel’s negotiations with the Palestinians. Giving voice to them makes both failure and the negative result of failure more likely:
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Kerry makes the argument that Israel will face new, and intensified, boycott pressure if peace talks fail, and he may be right. But by publicly discussing this possibility, he is providing fuel to the forces aligned against Israel (and keep in mind that most boycotters are not opposed to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, but instead to the idea of a country for the Jewish people). He is also terrifying Israelis, and terrified Israelis are not the sort of people who will make dangerous compromises for peace.
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 8:46 AM | Stand For Israel
What is the U.S. trying to accomplish with its push for a negotiated peace framework between Israeli and Palestinians and how, given the current atmosphere, do they reasonably hope to attain one? Robert Satloff, Executive Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, lays out his thoughts on what might happen next:
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This is why the Israeli government will likely respond to the new U.S. framework document with a “yes, but,” not a “no, never.” The benefits to Israel are significant, the costs of rejection are high, and the commitments Israel is asked to make — while potentially substantial — are not yet well defined.
Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 9:13 AM | Stand For Israel
From time to time, we enjoy dismantling a column by New York Times columnist Tom Friedman. At Commentary magazine, Seth Mandel does the honors by noting Friedman’s interest in “symmetrical negotiation” – meaning that Israel and the Palestinians should negotiate on something of an equal footing:
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The plain fact, demonstrated by the history of this conflict in every instance, is that the “symmetrical negotiation” Friedman hopes for would bury the chances for peace. Israel’s neighbors made peace with the Jewish state only when they learned once and for all that they could not destroy her militarily, and they could not isolate her, and thus strangle her economically, from the world.
Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 9:04 AM | Stand For Israel