A call for acceptance of a Jewish state
is reason enough to call for a new intifada against it.
OK all of you Palestinian supporters and fence sitters out there, explain why it’s in Israel’s best interest to enter into peace negotiations with its sworn enemies who refuse to give up on destroying the Jewish state? I’m all ears. I’ll publish the debate between yourselves and the TT, in full, if you dare to take up the challenge. Remember facts and figures matter here, not lengthy blow-hard rhetoric, only honest attempts at debate will be taken seriously. So the challenge has been given, and I hope that many of the Tundra Tabloids’ Arab/Muslim readers takes the time to weigh in with their thoughts. KGS
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lifted the shroud from his diplomatic endgame on Sunday night, saying at the BESA Center at Bar-Ilan University that he would support a Palestinian state if he received international guarantees that it would be demilitarized, and if the Palestinians accepted Israel as the Jewish homeland.
“If we receive this guarantee regarding demilitarization and Israel’s security needs, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people, then we will be ready in a future peace agreement to reach a solution where a demilitarized Palestinian state exists alongside the Jewish state,” Netanyahu said to applause – the first time he has said he would accept a Palestinian state.
US President Barack Obama welcomed the prime minister’s speech, calling it an important step forward.
“The president is committed to two states, a Jewish State of Israel and an independent Palestine, in the historic homeland of both peoples,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement.
“He believes this solution can and must ensure both Israel’s security and the fulfillment of the Palestinians’ legitimate aspirations for a viable state, and he welcomes Prime Minister Netanyahu’s endorsement of that goal.”
But Palestinian Authority officials in Ramallah expressed outrage and shock over Netanyahu’s call for a demilitarized Palestinian state and his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
The officials said the speech was much worse than they had expected. They also warned that Netanyahu’s policies would trigger a new intifada.