Saturday, October 28, 2017

Maximalist Israel

The new FRUS volume is out:

The Department of State released today Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977–1980, Volume XVII, Part 3, North Africa. This volume is part of a Foreign Relations subseries that documents the foreign policy decisions of the administration of President Jimmy Carter. 

So far as I have persued, I think this excerpt is interesting:

The President’s Administration, he noted, is the first Democratic Administration to work for peace in the Middle East on a basis other than maximalist Israeli positions. We are not supporting a separate Israeli-Egyptian agreement; rather we want to use the Israeli-Egyptian agreements as a catalyst leading to a larger settlement. We will try, in the next phase of negotiations, to move toward Palestinian autonomy. We hope to draw some moderate Palestinians directly into this process. We hope transitional arrangements will emerge which will, in time, modify both Israeli and Palestinian expectations, out of which will come eventual recognition of Israel’s right to exist. Our policy is based on the premise that Palestinians have the right to participate in the shaping of their own future. We expect this process to move forward, with the result that there will be both restoration of territories and self-government—for Arabs in general and for the Palestinians in particular.

That was Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs to Algerian Foreign Minister Mohamed Benyahia, Algiers, November 1, 1979ץ

To be fair, he did add there:

Indeed, Dr. Brzezinski noted, he has often said that if the PLO ever fought like the FLN, Israel would be in serious difficulty.


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