America's Magic Muslim and his approach to the Israeli-'Palistanian' conflict

 

Krauthammer’s Take from the Corner:

Well, I think this argument over a two-state solution is a complete red herring.

There is no Israeli government, including Netanyahu’s government, that would not accept a settlement in which a real Palestinian state genuinely accepted a settlement that ends the war with Israel and recognizes a Jewish state.

The problem is such a partner doesn’t exist and hasn’t existed ever. For the last nine years, you’ve had in Israel under Sharon and Olmert governments which accepted a two-state solution, have engaged in negotiations, and have essentially offered what Israel offered nine years ago under Ehud Barack, who’s now the defense minister, with Bill Clinton assisting in that offer of a Palestinian state and a settlement in perpetuity with Israel.

The Palestinians rejected it at the time. They have rejected it ever since, which is why all the negotiations over the last eight years have failed. It’s never been the Israeli problem. It’s been the fact that the Palestinians will not accept a Jewish state.

Look, the Palestinians already have a state. It’s called the Gaza. It’s independent. There are no Israelis in Gaza. It’s a terrorist state that has been at war with Israel ever since the day the Israelis left. It’s an ally of Iran and Islamic radicalism.

The Israelis and Americans understand that if you have a Palestinian state of that sort in the rest of Palestine, it will be a catastrophe.

And what Israel is saying today is unless you talk about what kind of Palestinian state, that it can’t be a Gaza state. It has to be a state that accepts Israel and accepts the peace, all talk of a two-state solution is irrelevant and is headed nowhere.

He’s right that the vast majority of Israelis would accept a ‘Palestinian’ state if it meant a genuine end to the warring and a true peace. He’s right that the ‘Palestinian’ partner for peace doesn’t exist. And he’s right about Gaza. But here’s where he’s wrong:

The Israelis and Americans understand that if you have a Palestinian state of that sort in the rest of Palestine, it will be a catastrophe.

The Obama administration doesn’t get that. Or they want to bring about the end of the Jewish state. Pick your poison.

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