Friday, March 27, 2009

"Partner for Peace" or Partner of the New York Times?

The NYTimes' editorial insinuates he can't be trusted.


...He said that his government will be a “partner for peace.”

“I will negotiate with the Palestinian Authority for peace,” he said.

We would like very much to take Mr. Netanyahu’s words at face value, and it would be a lot easier to do that if he had not worked so assiduously to build his reputation as a hard-liner with deep misgivings about the very peace process he now claims to be willing to embrace...He still cannot bring himself to endorse a two-state solution — which we believe must be part of any serious regional peace effort"

But, wait, is the New York Times missing something?

"We believe". Ah. They believe.

I don't. Neither, it seems, does Bibi.

Could it be, perhaps, that the current peace process is not the way to peace?

Should it be either rejected, modified or alternatives searched for to achieve a better peace than Oslo and the plain Two-State solution? One that doesn't encourage terror, doesn't weaken Israel's long-term security nor undermine its historic and legal national claims?

Could the point Netanyahu is making is that Oslo is not the only path to peace and, for one to be a partner for peace, one should seek something that better works?

If peace is truly the goal and not some unadulterated anti-Israel agenda, well, who cares about the sanctity of a process?


Anonymous said...

Are there no detox centers , in the Poconos perhaps, for liberal (read most) Jews long-addicted to The New York Times. If there are none, maybe it would be a good idea to establish some.And yes, a winter New York Times detox center in Boca Raton.

Anonymous said...

The problem for people who think Irsael is theirs by right of God, Hamas thinks the same thing. Moslems outnumber Jews by thousands to one.

As for the facts on the ground over the last 50 some years, Israel stole the land in the first place from the arabs (mostly) living there, discriminates against arabs living within the Israel borders with its religous laws, just like the arabs it is a religious state using the state power to enforce religious custom on non believers, builds a fence around itself that cuts the non jewish areas into little pieces while stealing the land without compensation, moves settlers onto somebody elses land without compensation and does it with billions of dollars in US taxpayers dollars.

What do you expect the arabs to do? Die like the Jews did in German controlled Nazi lands? The Jews, at least some of them, resisted, arabs are doing the same thing. The wouldbe leaders are using religion to gain power just like wouldbe leaders do everywhere, including Israel and the US.

Israel is living like a drunk walking down the middle of the street just waiting for the car to hit him who keeps saying "No car yet don't worry".

Look at history, look out around you, look at the decline in US power, look at yourselves. Israels need to change or it will not survive the coming future.

If you really love Israel come up with ideas to keep Israel alive. Israel is not la major power, it cannot stand against a competant power by itself, its just to small. Eventually somebody will get and use atomic or biological weapons if things don't change. Just like Iran used to be an allie and is now an enemy, Israel cannot depend on another power to keep the status quo forever. If you do not change Israel will be buried in the dust bin of history like so many other countries and ideas.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous - So you think Israel was void of inhabitants before the Palestinians moved in? You think Arabs didn't steal the lands from the previous inhabitants and use "Palestinians" to colonize it and displace the previous inhabitants? If Palestinians were there first, then how is it that the "Dome of the Rock" is built on top of the Second Jewish Temple? History didn't start 50 years ago but long before that. Isreal isn't their's because of some Bibilical claims but because they have been there since 1200 BC. What one finds when "rolling back the clock" is a succession of conquerors and occupiers (Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Ottomans) and the common thread through it all is that the Israelites and their descendants were the conquered, occupied, and displaced (the source of the "Jewish Diaspora") "indigenous" people.

g said...

Muslims, Jews and Christians lived in Palestine in peace, babysitting each other children. Until the Zionist decided that the land belongs to them, God gave it to them, or British give it to them, they made up bunch of excuses to come back and kill, starve, oppress. That's where the conflict started escalate.

YMedad said...

Oh my Galia, such a poor knowledge of history.