The New York Times reports that the Vice President of the United States begins a five-day Middle East tour with the aim of restarting Israel-Palestinian peace talks.
In this article, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat warns that the hour for reaching a peace agreement is drawing nigh, and if an agreement isn't reached, then the only solution is Israrelis and Palestinians sharing one state.
Or, as we would call it, the death of Israel.
No, Mr. Erekat, it doesn't work that way. Typical Palestinian negotiating, or saber-rattling: warning, and then threats.
Israel no longer needs peace with the Palestinians. From this vantage point, Israel is at peace. The security fence reduced suicide attacks to almost zero. The PA-controlled West Bank is booming economically, and Palestinian security forces are cooperating with Israeli security forces there. All that is missing is for Israel to give up more land to the Palestinians. Because that has worked out so well in the past.
No, Israel is doing just fine, Mr. Erekat, and if you can't sell peace and coexistence to your people, that's not Israel's problem. Binational state? Like "right of return," just another insidious idea with the ultimate goal of destroying Israel's unique Jewish character and majority.
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This is Blog Post #501.